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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Staff

Barnash, Tom
IT Specialist II
305 Newins-Ziegler Hall

System Administrator
Tom has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2006. In his role as the department’s IT support, he is responsible for all technology related support needs, including hardware, software, websites, video conferencing and telephones. He is also responsible for all technology related purchases for the department as well as the management of IT related attractive asset inventory.

Tom Barnash

Carter, Cameron
Operations Manager
B-3A Newins-Ziegler Hall


Carter, Cameron

Cox, Maureen
Academic Advisor III
Academic Support Services
102 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Academic Support Services
Maureen has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2024. She is responsible for WEC undergraduate recruitment, transfer admissions, undergraduate advising and related student services, course scheduling, course/instructor evaluations, and final grade collection.


Deep, Dan
Human Resource Generalist I
Building 106 Room 15

Fiscal Processor
Secondary assignment: Human Resources Backup to Manager Administrative Services
Dan has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2018.  Primary responsibilities include Accounts Payable transactions per assigned faculty portfolio.  If you fall within Dan’s faculty portfolio, Dan will be your first point of contact for transactions such as PCard processing, Travel – authorizations, expense reports and cash advances, and Marketplace – shopping carts, requisitions, purchase orders, voucher payments.  Dan also serves in a secondary capacity to provide HR processing back up support, as needed, to the Manager, Administrative Service.  Dan also oversees biweekly payroll processing, leave records reconciliation, and primary Gator 1 Card authorizations for WEC.

Dan Deep

Dial, Michael
Administrative Specialist I
115 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Administrative Specialist
Michael has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2023. This position holds a multi-faceted role designed to complement the overall management of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.  Primary responsibility is administrative support to the office of the Chair. This position often serves as first point of contact for the Chair’s office and interfaces with WEC faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  Additionally, includes serving as primary event coordinator and general office oversight for supply orders, equipment reservations and service calls, as well as coordinating joint room reservations with staff from the School of Forest Fisheries and Geomatics (FFGS). A second area of responsibility includes serving a financial support role, as the primary approver of P-cards and travel transactions.

Michael is also the point of contact for graduate student issues related to admissions, registration, final semester/graduation, and any submission of data related to the graduate degree program or milestones.


Michael Dial

Dyer, Donna
Administrative Specialist III
113 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Manager, Administrative Services with concentration of service to Human Resources
Donna has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2018.  With more than 30 years of UF/IFAS experience, Donna is tasked with coordinating daily operations of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.   Donna oversees all fiscal, grants, and human resources activities; particular focus is on day-to-day HR transactional processing, which may include hire transactions for faculty, staff, and students; benefits inquiries, letters of appointment; tuition waivers; payroll distributions; effort reporting; employee relations, payroll processing and reconciliation, and workers compensation. 

Donna Dyer

Farley, Frank
Administrative Services Program Assistant
103 Newins-Ziegler Hall


Kahler, Ben
Administrative Specialist II
Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Building 106

Research Administrator
Ben is a Certified Research Administrator assigned to the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (Co-Op Unit).  Ben assists the Unit Leader, Assistant Unit Leaders, cooperating faculty, and students in completing and maintaining administrative processes, compliance activities, reporting, and records for all research activities under the Co-Op Unit. Ben is also responsible for all pre-award and post-award support for all Co-Op Unit projects (USGS Research Work Orders, RWOs; reimbursable agreements; and related awards) at WEC, and acts as a liaison with IFAS Research Dean and Division of Sponsored Research offices for these research opportunities.  Ben coordinates with staff from other UF departments for Co-Op Unit projects outside of WEC.


Ben Kahler

Lahiri, Annesha
Communications Program Assistant

Communications Program Assistant and Social Media
Her responsibilities with WEC include content creation and management of social media channels, creating the "WEC Spotlight" four times per year, and covering departmental news, student/faculty research, milestones and field experience on the departmental blog. She also works alongside IFAS/UF Communications to create marketing materials for recruitment, promote events and share WEC news. 


Annesha Lahiri

Seay, Brandie
Research Administrator I
111 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Accounting Specialist and Research Administrator
Brandie has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2017.  In her role as Accounting Specialist, Brandie assists the Manager, Administrative Services with day-to-day oversight of fiscal and grants transactions.  Fiscal responsibilities include direct oversight of three fiscal processors and the daily processing of non-payroll transactions.  Brandie also serves as the primary approver role for purchase orders, and holds a leadership role to ensure timely PCard, invoice, and travel processing.  Fiscal oversight also includes reconciliation of non-salary, non-payroll activities.  A secondary aspect of the Accounting Specialist includes management of a moderate to large sponsored project portfolio, to include pre- and post-award management. Sponsored projects for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation are collaboratively-managed with the Research Administrator I position housed in the Florida Fish and Wildlife (Co-Op Unit). 

Brandie Seay

Summerlin, Cassidy "Cassy"
Administrative Specialist II
109 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Administrative Specialist
Cassy has been with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 2019. Responsible for administrative details of $8.44M annual research program as well as supervision of staff; student activities, personnel, budgets, research work orders, contracts and grants management, fiscal reports and reconciliation, the annual report, website, coordination of meetings and other related functions. Oversees the operations of the CO-OP unit including federal inventory, building maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and day to day operations of the unit.

Summerlin, Cassidy