Research Area(s) Marine turtle ecology and conservation biology, including population dynamics, diet, movements, and threats, and implications for protected species policy Background Erin Seney is an Associate Research Scientist and non-teaching faculty member with the Marine Turtle Research Group in the University of Central Florida’s Department of Biology. She holds a B.A. in Biology (University […]
Department of Biology: College of Sciences Dr. Gaither’s research focuses on the evolution, ecology and origin of biodiversity in marine fishes. The Gaither Lab employs an interdisciplinary approach combining molecular tools (genome sequencing, RADSeq, and targeted capture) with field-based studies to determine how species form and the roles of geographic isolation, ecological differentiation and selection […]
Department of Biology: College of Sciences Dr. Walter’s research focuses on human impacts in the marine environment. Locally, in the IRL, her program focuses on understanding interactions among organisms on intertidal oyster reefs (including invasive barnacles and mussels), as well as looking at the impacts of recreational boat wakes on the recent declines of these […]
Department of Biology: College of Sciences Dr. Savage’s research program investigates the evolutionary processes driving infectious diseases of amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on host and pathogen genomic changes that alter disease virulence and drive population outcomes. The Savage lab works on a number of disease systems relevant to the IRL and adjacent terrestrial […]
Department of Biology: College of Sciences Dr. Mansfield is Director of the Marine Turtle Research Group where she undertakes sea turtle research including nesting beach work and coastal and offshore in-water sea turtle capture, handling, tagging, and telemetry of all life stages of sea turtle. Her research focuses on sea turtle biology, ecology, behavior, and […]
Department of Biology: College of Sciences Dr. Lewis’ research investigates the ecology of natural and anthropogenic induced changes on estuarine and marine food webs and coastal communities. Her goal is to ensure that these ecosystems will be conserved in perpetuity considering the interests of tribal communities, governmental agencies and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Specifically, she seeks […]
Department of Biology, College of Sciences The primary goal of Dr. Cook’s research is to better understand the natural and anthropogenic factors influencing the distribution, abundance, and dynamics of species inhabiting coastal marine ecosystems. He addresses ecological questions that span from the applied to the theoretical end of the spectrum; by integrating field ecology & […]
Department of Biology, College of Sciences Dr. Chambers oversees the Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab where her research focuses on the impacts of disturbance (sea level rise, climate change, urbanization, etc.) on wetland and coastal ecosystem functions, including nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas production, and carbon storage.