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D. Duke Conservation Scholars Program Partnership Through UF

Duration

September 2013 - September 2019

Narrative

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.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Cronin, A., A. Wynn, B. Smith, N. Bishop and R. Carthy. 2015.Potential for ghost crab predation on sea turtle nests on driving and non-driving beaches in St. Johns County, Florida.100th Meeting, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, 9-14 August 2015.
  • Selden, J., N. Bishop, B. Smith and R. Carthy. 2015. Natural inventory and habitat classification of the beach-to-estuary ecotones and establishment of a long-term monitoring site for barrier island habitats and species in St. Johns County, Florida. 100th Meeting, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, 9-14 August 2015.
  • Zhang, X.M. N. Kemal, B. Smith, N. Bishop and R. Carthy. 2015. Establishing baseline monitoring data for sea turtle nesting beaches with varying anthropogenic usage in St. Johns County, Florida. 100th Meeting, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, Maryland, 9-14 August 2015.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 44

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • D.Duke Charitable Foundation

Links

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