Graduate Students

Graduate students working with the NCBS in 2019 were supported by a combination of grant funds, UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences matching funds, and state funds from NCBS and other units.  These graduate students are addressing natural resource conservation and management on topics including fish and wildlife management, species of special concern, effects of oyster restoration efforts on human communities, and threats and challenges for managing human interactions, fisheries, and wildlife.

Scott Alford

Scott Alford

Ph.D., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Effects of salinity on estuarine food webs: integrating field, lab, and modeling approaches to predict consequences of altered salinity in the Suwannee River estuaryMajor Advisor: Charlie Martin

Shanae Allen

Shanae Allen

Ph.D.,  Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Estimating red tide impacts on fisheries. Major Advisor: David Chagaris.

Trent Aguilar

Trent Aguilar

Ph.D., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Evaluating stressors for sea turtle population viability given human use increases in Florida.  Major Advisors: Mike Allen and Ray Carthy

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Ph.D. Nature Coast Sea Grant Scholar for the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.  This fellowship that funds her research on collaboration in oyster restoration projects on the Gulf Coast for three years.  Major Advisor: Susan Jacobson.

Chelsea Conley

Chelsea Conley

M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Lone Cabbage Oyster reef restoration: effects of oyster restoration on nekton assemblages in the Big Bend region of Florida.  Major Advisors Charlie Martin and Mike Allen.

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Taylor Dluzniewski

M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Evaluating critical fish habitat during winter in coastal rivers of Central Florida.   Major Advisor: Mike Allen

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Savannah Gandee

MFAS student, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Decadal patterns in fish communities in relation to habitat and extreme events in Clearwater Bay. Major Advisors: Savanna Barry and Josh Patterson

Daniel Villas Gonzalez

Daniel Vilas Gonzalez

Ph.D. student in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  West Florida Shelf spatial modeling. Major Advisor: David Chagaris.

Holden Harris

Holden Harris

Ph.D. student in UF/IFAS SNRE. Evaluating socioeconomically incentivized harvest systems can function as a viable, long-term biological control agent for invasive lionfish.  Major Advisor: Will Patterson and Mike Allen.

Richard Herren

Rick Herren

Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Identifying critical habitat for juvenile and adult sea turtle in the Nature Coast. Major Advisor: Ray Carthy.

Audrey Looby

Audrey Looby

M.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Submerged aquatic vegetation preferences of fishes in Lake Apopka.  Major Advisor: Charlie Martin

Samara Nehemiah

Samara Nehemiah

M. S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Environmental predictors of year class strength in Spotted Seatrout in Cedar Key, Florida.   Major Advisor: Mike Allen

Emma Pistole

Emma Pistole

M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Genetic composition of Common Snook in an expanding range along the Nature Coast.  Major Advisors: Mike Allen and Mike Tringali (FWRI)

John Polasik

John Polasik

M.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Evaluation of factors influence recruitment of Hogfish.  Major Advisors: Charlie Martin and Mike Allen

Mark Sandfoss

Mark Sandfoss

Ph.D. Student, UF Biology Department.  Unique behavior, ecology and physiology of insular Florida cottonmouths (Agkistrodon conanti) within the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.  Major Advisor: Harvey Lilliwhite.

Dylan Sinnickson

Dylan Sinnickson

Ph.D., Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Food web dynamics in the Suwannee River Estuary with implications from altered flow and habitat changes.  Major Advisor: David Chagaris.

Travis Thomas

Travis Thomas

Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Factors affecting occupancy, nest success and bycatch of Diamondback Terrapin in the Suwannee River estuary.  Major Advisors: Steve Johnson and Mike Allen.

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