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D. Duke Conservation Scholars Program Partnership Through UF


September 2013 - September 2019


A returning graduate student mentor, Nichole Bishop, a Ph.D. student, and Brian Smith, an M.S. student, were chosen to conduct research and to mentor the undergraduate students employed through the DDCSP on their summer research experience. This past summer they studied coastal and wetland ecosystems as they lived and worked at three sites: Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory on the west coast of Florida, where their hands-on lessons included ecology of tidal mud flats, oyster and clam bars, nesting shorebirds, herpetology and research on predator-prey relationships; the Whitney Laboratory on the east coast where they focused on beaches, barrier islands, effects of climate change, and participated in sea turtle research; and the Everglades, where the studied wetland ecology, invasives, and herpetofauna.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 47



Funding Agencies

  • D.Duke Charitable Foundation


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