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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Graduate Students

Student Name: Acevedo-Charry, Orlando
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: oacevedocharry@ufl.edu
Advisor: Acevedo & Robinson
Research: Tropical ecology and conservation, bird communities and population trends, biodiversity response to environmental gradients, citizen science and community-based monitoring linked with quantitative tools
Interests: Outdoors activities such as hiking, birding (not competitive, just for fun), herping, sound recording and some of photography. I am also enjoying dancing (mostly salsa) as well as friendly conversations with a coffee, wine, or a beer on the hand
Student Name: Aguilar, Trenton
Degree: PhD
Email: trenton.aguilar@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy, Allen
Research: Sea turtle ecology
Student Name: An, Yutong
Degree: MS
Email: yutongan@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Wildlife Conservation and Management area which focuses on population ecology and dynamics of native vertebrates, nonindigenous species, and threatened and endangered species
Interests: Conservation biology, hiking, skiing, yoga, traveling, K-pop music
Student Name: Arostegui, Hanna
Degree: MS
Email: ha.arostegui@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: conservation planning/design with a focus on cheetahs
Interests: She enjoys hiking, spending time with animals, and watching scary movies
Student Name: Baecher, Alex
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: jbaecher@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research: Amphibian Conservation and Ecology
Interests: Herping, hiking, swimming & canoeing, coding & data visualization, his fiancée—Kristin, his dog—Ollie, cooking, and brewing kombucha
Student Name: Beatty, Meghan
Degree: PhD
Email: meghan.beatty@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Spatial ecology, population biology and conservation of Southeastern American Kestrels (Falco sparverius paulus), movement ecology and conservation of snail kites
Interests: Birding, camping, reading, dance, travel, country music
Student Name: Bian, Xiaoxing
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: xbian@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull & Oli
Research: Co-existence mechanism between human and snow leopards
Interests: Painting, musical, and various outdoor activities including but not limited to scuba diving, snowboarding, birding and hiking
Student Name: Botero Arias, Robinson
Degree: PhD
Email: robin@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle, Ross
Research: Population Dynamics, Reproduction Ecology and Strategic Management for Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in the Middle Solimðes River, Mamiraua Reserve, Brazil
Interests: Conservation and management strategies for natural resource in Amazon; Caimans, crocodilians and Alligators, wildlife research
Student Name: Casteel, Jamie
Degree: MS
Email: casteelj@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Pine
Research: Quantitative ecology, freshwater turtle ecology 
Student Name: Chen, Po-An
Degree: PhD
Email: poanchen@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Informationscapes ecology in family Paridae
Interests: birding, watching movies, tasting delicious food as well as cooking
Student Name: Clancy, Keara
Degree: MS
Email: kearaclancy@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Entomology, forest ecology, reptile morphology, diversity in natural resources
Student Name: Claunch, Natalie
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: nmclaunch@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Integrate physiology with management of invasive reptiles
Interests: Herping and traveling, and tasting and photographing the world
Student Name: Coleman, Tyler
Degree: PhD
Email: tyler.coleman@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pine
Research: Quantitative Ecology
Interests: I enjoy learning, playing/watching sports, adventuring (land and water), and eating - all with good friends
Student Name: Cole, Jenna
Degree: MS
Email: jcole1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Spatial ecology and management of non-native herps
Interests: Baking, painting, photography, and most outdoor activities
Student Name: Cooke, Sarah
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: sarahkcooke@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Spatial ecology and management of non-native herpetofauna in southern Florida
Interests: Scuba diving, herping, traveling- basically any outdoor activity and music
Student Name: Cruz-Hernández, Virnaliz
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: virnaliz.cruzher@ufl.edu
Advisor: Acevedo
Research: Disease ecology, spillover prediction, data science
Interests: Jigsaw puzzles, jogging with dogs, swimming, beach, and learning to program
Student Name: De Jesus, Carrie
Degree: PhD
Email: carriedejesus@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisley
Research: Studying the spatial ecology of ticks in the South Eastern US
Interests: Camping, Cooking and Crossfit
Student Name: Demeny, Kelsey
Degree: MS
Email: kelsey.demeny@ufl.edu
Advisor: Lashley
Research: Effects of supplemental feeding and oak masting cycles on community interactions and white-tailed deer behavior
Interests: Wildlife management and conservation, hiking, camping, kayaking, live music, and cross-stitching
Student Name: Diaz, Renata
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: diaz.renata@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ernest
Research: Species interactions and ecosystem properties in systems subject to climatic change and species loss and introductions
Interests: Running or folding modular origami
Student Name: DiMaggio, Kylee
Degree: MS (SNRE)  
Email: kdimaggio@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Oli
Research: Anthropogenic effects on reproduction and survival of Sarasota dolphins 
Student Name: Dumandan, Patricia Kaye Tahura 
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: pdumandan@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Ernest
Research: ecological dynamics of wildlife assemblages 
Interests: population and community ecology, ecological modelling, painting, swimming, hiking, running
Student Name: Dykstra, Adrienne
Degree: PhD
Email: adrienne.dykstra@ufl.edu
Advisor: Lashley
Research: Focused on measuring changes in feral hog activity before and after removal events in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) to help better estimate abundance
Interests: Camping, hiking, reading and gaming of various types 
Student Name: Episcopio-Sturgeon, Diane
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: episcopiod1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin
Research: The human dimensions of the live animal trade in southern Africa
Interests: My pets, of which we are up to 4 (3 cats and a dog). When we get the chance, my husband and I are trying to visit all of the U.S. National Parks. We even do a podcast about our National Park travels for fun. When I'm home in Gainesville I like to relax by going to the movies.
Student Name: Fankhauser, Carly
Degree: MS
Email: carlyfankhauser@ufl.edu
Advisor: Acevedo
Research: Population genetics of the yellow-chinned anole (Anolis gundlachi) in Puerto Rico
Interests: Birding, board games, traveling, learning languages, and being outdoors
Student Name: Fluck-Essig, Isadora
Degree: PhD
Email: ifluckessig@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Theoretical, methodological, and applied aspects of community ecology; general research interests: ornithology, comparative methods/approaches, ecological and spatial distribution of neotropical taxa, patterns and processes driving species diversity, and environmental diversity gradients
Interests: My main personal interests fall into nature research, but I am also interested in arts. In my free time, besides birdwatching, I enjoy reading books about art history, drawing (especially birds) and crafting
Student Name: Garcia Olaechea, Diego
Degree: PhD
Email: diego.garcia@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle, Robinson (Zoology)
Research: Ecology and conservation of an endemic bird community of the Dry Forest of northwestern Peru
Interests: Landscape ecology, conservation biology, tropical dry forest, outdoors, birdwatching, birdbanding, bird's molt limits, the beach and good conversations with friends with a beer on the hand (if from local brewers, better)
Student Name: Gengler, Nicholas
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: ngengler@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Mammal movement patterns in Paraguay to determine what factors influence functional connectivity
Interests: I am very interested in conservation in developing regions of the world. Away from work I like rock climbing, slacklining, kayaking, birdwatching, backpacking, and board games
Student Name: Gesek, Ana
Degree: MS
Email: anagesek@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Conservation of endangered large mammals 
Interests: Traveling, hiking, swimming, trying new adventurous activities
Student Name: Ghimirey, Yadav
Degree: PhD
Email: yadavghimirey@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: Carnivore ecology and interaction in the mid-hills of Nepal with a special focus on felid species
Interests: I like spending time with my family, play football (soccer) and listen to songs
Student Name: Gonzalez, Alfredo
Degree: MS
Email: agonzalez7@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Ecology of the endangered Snail Kite
Interests: birdwatching, wildlife photography, hiking, and travel
Student Name: Grace, Savannah
Degree: PhD
Email: savannah.grace@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely & Austin
Research: Disease ecology with a focus on how genetic variation within Florida white-tailed deer populations affect susceptibility to epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) infection 
Interests: Exploring with my husband and dogs, swimming, traveling, and catching up on good TV
Student Name: Green, Sara
Degree: MS
Email: sara.green@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Human dimensions of wildlife conservation, urban ecology, and green communities 
Interests: Soccer, roller skating, dungeons and dragons, snorkeling, and camping
Student Name: Gregory, Kaili
Degree: MS
Email: kaili.gregory@ufl.edu
Advisor: McGowan
Research: Population models to predict current and future status of the north and south western pond turtle
Interests: Decision science in natural resources, diving, hiking, soccer
Student Name: Gulick, Christopher
Degree: PhD
Email: cgulick@ufl.edu
Advisor: Powell
Research: Using spatial data of wildlife to inform conservation at the ecosystem or community level
Interests: Fishing, hiking, hunting, and birding in his free time
Student Name: Gumbi, Bonginkosi
Degree: PhD
Email: bonginkosi.gumbi@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin
Student Name: Hari Haran, Priyanka
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: phariharan1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Bruna
Research: The effect of forest fragmentation and restoration on bird communities of the Western Ghats mountain range, India
Interests: Reading, writing, cooking, singing, birding, and science communication
Student Name: Harman, Madison 
Degree: MS 
Email: madison.harman@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Romagosa 
Research: Invasive species management, Burmese python removal from Florida Everglades, invasive tegus in Southern Florida 
Student Name: Haro, Daniel
Degree: PhD
Email: dharo@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Ecophysiology, herpetology, management of Argentine black and white tegus
Interests: Reading, writing, visiting museums, and boxing
Student Name: Hengstebeck, Kodiak
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: khengste@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Occupancy rates of Burmese Pythons in Gopher Tortoise burrows, and how it affects the resident tortoises
Interests: Scuba diving, backpacking, and playing sports (hockey, volleyball, football, etc.)
Student Name: Herren, Rick
Degree: PhD
Email: rherren@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Sea turtle population dynamics and foraging habitats in the Gulf of Mexico out of the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key
Interests: Surfing, hiking, diving, computer games and playing ultimate Frisbee
Student Name: Horton, Elizabeth
Degree: MS
Email: eghorton@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: 
Interests: Traveling, hiking, ballroom dance, reading, hanging out with my dog Peanut
Student Name: Hussain, Lameace
Degree: MS
Email: lhussain1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Morales
Research: My research focuses on DEI issues with outreach approaches used by state wildlife agencies-- i.e how well do state wildlife agencies take into account BIPOC and other marginalized communities when doing outreach activities and programs, focusing on biases and barriers of both the agency and those communities
Interests: I'm a herpetologist both professionally and for fun, so my favorite activities including hiking around looking for reptiles and amphibians. I also enjoy kayaking and going to music events. Fun fact: I hosted a bluegrass radioshow for a couple of years when I lived in Kentucky
Student Name: Jeffery, Brian
Degree: PhD
Email: bjeffe01@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Ecology of snail kites
Interests: My personal interests are photography, boating, fishing, and camping
Student Name: Jones, Maggie
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: jones.m@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher, McCleery
Research: My research focuses on the influence of elephants on savanna dynamics in Kruger National Park in South Africa
Interests: My personal interests include wildlife conservation, behavioral ecology, outreach, hiking, dance, and folk music
Student Name: Juarez-Sanchez, Diego
Degree: PhD
Email: adjuarez@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: The influence of landscape and human activities over the presence of otters in two rivers in northern Guatemala
Interests: Carnivores ecology and population dynamics
Student Name: Keene, Peter   
Degree: PhD 
Email: peter.keene@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Sieving 
Research: Coastal Wildlife & Ecology 
Interests: Hunting, fishing, birding, and watching major league baseball 
Student Name: Khazan, Emily
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: ekhazan@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research: Vertical gradients of biodiversity in tropical forests
Interests: Hiking, road cycling, giant damselflies, conservation, sustainable development, baking
Student Name: Kiki, Martial
Email: mkiki@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull, Oli
Research: I wish to evaluate the influence of anthropogenic and ecological factors on the use of habitat by lions and spotted hyenas in different systems in the W, Arly and Pendjari transboundary ecosystem
Interests: I enjoy travelling, ecotourism and farming
Student Name: Klinges, David
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: dklinges@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research: Tropical landscape ecology, Spatial and temporal scaling, Forest microclimate, Ecological forecasting
Interests: Hiking, camping, skiing, herping, and most other things you'd expect of an Ecology student
Student Name: Ledger, Kimberly
Degree: MS
Email: kimberly.ledger@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely, Sayler
Research: The interaction of disease and landscape ecology on wildlife, livestock, and human tick-borne diseases in Africa
Interests: Nature, hiking with my dog, soccer, cooking, biking, traveling
Student Name: Lowe, Ben
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: benlowe@ufl.edu
Advisor: Jacobson
Research: Human Dimensions of Fisheries Management on Lake Tanganyika
Interests: Reconciling conservation and development, religion and ecology, community organizing and advocacy, fish/fisheries/fishing, being on the water, badminton, church, meals with friends
Student Name: Magrino, Maddie
Degree: MS
Email: mmagrino@ufl.edu
Advisor: Main
Research: I plan to focus my research on understanding human influence on wetlands and how to take preventative action toward further degradation. I hope to obtain a better understanding of how to utilize modern tools to manage invasive species and decrease pollution
Interests: I love baking, hiking, and cats. I spent most of my free time in Arizona finding new hiking trails to take my family to when they would come visit. I grew up swimming and playing water polo competitively, but I now only swim for exercise. I enjoy video games and board games and, at the moment, I am working on building my own PC.
Student Name: Manes, Constanza
Degree: PhD
Email: c.manes@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Environmental drivers behind cancer disease (Fibropapillomatosis) in sea turtles

Interests: Running, practicing martial arts, jigsaw puzzles, reading, music
Student Name: Marx, Andrew
Degree: PhD
Email: andrewjmarx@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin
Research: Genetics and biogeography of the Florida mouse (Podomys floridanus)
Interests: Any outdoor activities, eating random (edible) wild plants, computer programming, reading, and cooking
Student Name: Mason, Brittany
Degree: MS
Email: brittany22bm@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Studying the spatial ecology and management of non-native Argentine tegus using telemetry data
Interests: Photography, hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling, and wildlife outreach
Student Name: Mason, David
Degree: PhD
Email: masond@ufl.edu
Advisor: Lashley
Research: Exploring the role of directed dispersal in community assembly
Interests: Singing and playing guitar, cooking with my partner Carol, and running in the forest with our dog Teddy
Student Name: Maurelli, Odile
Degree: MS
Email: omaurelli@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Nocturnal incubation behavior of Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis) across noise gradientsy
Student Name: McCampbell, Marina
Degree:
MS
Email: 
marinamccampbell@cop.ufl.edu
Advisor:
McCleery
Research:
Mammal-python interactions in Florida's Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Interests:
Anthropogenic effects on wildlife, reading, running, biking, horses, and spending time on the water
Student Name: McDonald,Brandon  
Degree:  
Email: 
mcdonald.brandon@ufl.edu
Advisor: 
Lashley 
 
Student Name: McKee, Rebecca   
Degree: PhD 
Email: rmckee@ufl.edu 
Advisor: McCleery 
Research: Mammalian responses to invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades 
Student Name: Mena, Seba
Degree: PhD
Email: d.mena@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers & Fletcher
Research: Vertical stratification of biodiversity in the tropics
Interests: Forest canopies, butterflies, climate change, scicomm, nature photography, rock climbing and bikepacking
Student Name: Morales, Manuel  
Degree: PhD 
Email: mmoralesm@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Morales 

Student Name: Nicholson, Laura
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: lnicholson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: Understanding the foraging and roosting habits of the endangered Florida bonneted bat, and how hydrological restoration efforts might affect them
Interests: I love anything outdoors- be it hiking, climbing, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, running, or skiing
Student Name: Parker, Stephen  
Degree: PhD 
Email: stephen.parker@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Pine 
Research: Gulf sturgeon species recovery, population ecology 
 
Student Name: Pecenka, Allison
Degree: MS
Email: a.pecenka@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Coral reef restoration ecology, tropical conservation ecology and management
Interests: Traveling, hiking, photography, music festivals, vegan cooking, going to the beach
Student Name: Tays, Alexis
Degree: MS
Email: apederson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Spatial dynamics of wildlife populations, landscape ecology, GIS
Interests: SCUBA diving, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and playing with her cats
Student Name: Pegg, Natalie  
Degree: MS 
Email: npegg@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Hostetler 
Research: Population ecology of interior forest specialist bird species 
 
Student Name: Pfund, Anne
Degree: MS
Email: apfund@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Interests: I enjoy nature and history documentaries, painting, sewing, crochet, building things, and exploring outside either on horseback, kayaking, or with my dogs
Student Name: Poot, Celso
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: cpoot@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: The Ecology and Conservation of the Central American tapir, (Tapirus bairdii) in Belize Corridor: A Human Dominated Landscape
Interests: Road ecology, landscape ecology, hiking, nature photography, traveling and ecotourism
Student Name: Potash, Alex
Degree: PhD
Email: apotash@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Using fine-scale environmental data to consider various aspects of fox squirrel ecology
Interests: Predator-prey ecology, trophic dynamics, conservation, running, skiing, hiking, rock climbing
Student Name: Prommer, Matyas  
Degree: PhD (SRNE) 
Email: mprommer@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Oli 
Research: Interdisciplinary conservation of large falcons 
 
Student Name: Rahmani, Haqiq
Degree: PhD
Email: hrahmani@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Geospatial modelling using telemetry data; Snow Leopards' conservation in the Wakhan National Park of Afghanistan
Interests: Mostly outdoors, playing football, volleyball and watching European football
Student Name: Ramis, Fatima
Degree: PhD
Email: fatima72995@ufl.edu
Advisor: Morales & Hallett
Research: Human Dimensions of Human – Wildlife interactions focusing on the West Indian Manatee
Interests: Being outside near any body of water, looking for snakes, and coffee!
Student Name: Richardson, Matthew  
Degree: PhD (SNRE)  
Email: mattrich2387@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Pine and Martin 
Research: Spatially ecology, restoration

Student Name: Rivera, Christian
Degree: PhD
Email: christian.rivera@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull
Research: Endangered species conservation; wildlife trade and hunting; social-ecological systems; biocultural diversity and conservation
Interests: Latin dance, studying languages and cultures, travel, trying new foods and wines, country music, all types of adventure (in all types of settings), hosting social events
Student Name: Rojas-Bonzi, Viviana  
Degree: PhD 
Email: vrojasbonzi@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Hull and Branch
Research: Species interactions and human-wildlife interactions in the Paraguayan Dry Chaco 
 
Student Name: Schneider, Owen
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: schneider.opatri@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Investigating the effects of CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) on native plant communities in the Everglades
Interests: I am interested in music, camping, baking, exploring for rare plants and insects, brewing, and trivia
Student Name: Seegebrecht, Blake
Degree: MS
Email: b.seegebrecht@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Endangered species conservation, biodiversity, tropical botany
Interests: Hiking, fishing, traveling and studying other cultures, reading, video games, and gardening
Student Name: Serano, Jaren
Degree: MS
Email: jclaude.serano@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: This study will be examining how human interventions such as beach renourishment affects natural coastal processes and resilience. Primarily, examining how gas exchange relates to sea turtle nesting, dune building and carbon sequestration
Interests: Wildlife Enthusiast, Conservation Biology, Ornithology, Natural Science. Appreciates long hikes
Student Name: Sibiya, Muzi
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: msibiya@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher

Student Name: Smith, Thomas
Degree: PhD
Email: thomassmith@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher, Bruna
Student Name: Stanley, Rick  
Degree: PhD (SNRE)  
Email: rstanley@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Loiselle 
Research: Bird conservation, spatial ecology, habitat use in human-modified landscapes, avian behavioral ecology, sociality, and sexual selection 
 
Student Name: Teryda, Natalia
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: nteryda@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Conservation oriented in marine turtles
Interests: Cooking, traveling to new places, making macrame jewelry, symphonic metal, outdoor activities, turtle and tortoise conservation
Student Name: Toohey, John Michael
Degree: MS
Email: jmichael.toohey@ufl.edu
Advisor: Acevedo
Research: Spatial ecology of malaria parasites infecting Caribbean Anolis lizards
Interests: Traveling, hiking, wildlife watching, photography, sports, video games
Student Name: Torhorst, Carson
Degree: MS
Email: carsontorhorst@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: I am studying the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is a parasitic protozoan of mammals. This parasite uses an arthropod vector to infect its mammalian hosts. We are specifically trying to understand how households in peridomestic environments are potentially impacting the transmission of this parasite to wildlife reservoir hosts. Also, we are looking to identify how other routes of transmission may be impacting the prevalence of this disease among the reservoirs sampled. Finally, we will take a deeper look at the unique interaction between Virginia opossums and T. cruzi.
Interests: Camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors, I also enjoy working out and simply being active
Student Name: Trotta, Lauren
Degree: PhD
Email: lbtrotta@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Community composition analysis and food web construction using DNA barcoding in Florida's Pine Rockland fragments
Interests: Community interactions, biodiversity, marine biology, spending time outdoors, exploring new ecosystems, and cooking and eating great food
Student Name: Troy, Savannah  
Degree: PhD (SNRE)  
Email: savannah.troy@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Fletcher 
Research: Avian biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology 
Student Name: Ubeda, Armando
Degree: PhD
Email: aubeda@ufl.edu
Advisor: Main
Research: The movement of elasmobranchs, specifically spatial segregation patterns of sharks and rays by size and sex
Interests: Hiking, camping, foraging mushrooms, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, traveling, reading, writing, music, grilling, traditional karate, and soccer.
Student Name: Uribe-Castaneda, Natalia  
Degree: PhD (SNRE)  
Email: nuribecastaneda@ufl.edu 
Advisor: Main 
Research: Coral reef and mangrove restoration and management 
Student Name: Vine, Josh
Degree: PhD
Email: j.vine@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pine
Research: Using specialized field sampling, data management, and statistical techniques to aid in our understanding of Gulf sturgeon recovery throughout the Gulf of Mexico
Interests: Fishing, exercising, or playing sports
Student Name: Zeitler, Emma
Degree: MS
Email: ezeitler@ufl.com
Advisor: Lashley
Research: The effects of fire disturbance regime and white-tailed deer populations on longleaf pine ecosystems
Interests: Hiking, camping, really anything outdoors, wildlife rehabilitation, (watching) hockey, cooking, learning new things
Student Name: Zhang, Ke
Degree: PhD
Email: kezhang1122@ufl.edu
Advisor: Powell
Research: Apply genetic method and spatial analysis in answering ecological questions
Interests: Cooking, swimming, cross fit, live music, and watching movies
Student Name: Zuluaga, Marlyn
Degree: PhD
Email: mzuluagaegas@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
Research: The effects of fire disturbance regime and white-tailed deer populations on longleaf pine ecosystems
Interests: Hiking, camping, really anything outdoors, wildlife rehabilitation, (watching) hockey, cooking, learning new things