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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Students learn about sea turtles

The Florida Unit has the mission to study wetland ecosystems within the state. Florida is a low relief, sub-tropical peninsula that is ecologically fragile. Though abundant, Florida's water resources are under increasing pressure from a burgeoning human population. Domestic, recreational, and development needs threaten Florida's water/wetland resources. In following its program directive, the Florida Unit has developed a research program that addresses management issues with approaches spanning species to ecosystem perspectives. Specifically, this Unit conducts detailed investigations of aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem interfaces and their component fish and wildlife resources.

The Florida Cooperative Unit offers numerous classes to graduate students at the University of Florida that focus on wildlife management issues and techniques that are pertinent to Florida's ecosystem.

Courses Taught

  • Scientific Writing, Editing, and Revising in the Biological Sciences (Abby Powell 2015)
  • Independent Study in Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation Introduction to sea turtle life history, nesting ecology, threats, and research and conservation techniques. (Raymond Carthy 2014)
  • Animal Migration A survey of literature on migration ecology ranging from theory to applied issues of animal migration for a range of taxa (fish, insects, birds, mammals). Topics covered will include understanding the mechanisms of migration, migratory connectivity and seasonal interactions, evolutionary theory, animal behavior, and conservation/management. The goals of the course are to a) gain background knowledge and perspective about animal migration, and b) develop critical reading and analysis skills. Both goals will be met by reading, presenting, and discussing classic and modern literature on animal migration.
    (Abby Powell 2014)
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Training Offered

  • Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior (Raymond Carthy February 2017)
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing Workshop. Full day course offered at the 5th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting in Santa Marta, Colombia, 16 September 2013. (Abby Powell, September 2013)
  • Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior (Raymond Carthy June 2002)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 45


Featured Student

Daniel Evans
Dan Evans

Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute