Miguel A. Acevedo
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. I feel very lucky to be able to dedicate my life to be an “ecological detective” solving the mysteries of nature. In this journey I collaborate with lots of really cool and smart people including mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, computer scientists, geographers, epidemiologists, and wildlife ecologists. Modeling is one of my favorite tools to solve these mysteries because they can reduce complex problems into a few number of equations and assumptions. I also enjoy critical thinking, music and salsa dancing!
Ethan White and interested in disease macro-ecology, complex systems and computational ecology.
Nicholas Gengler (University of Florida, PhD, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) Nick Gengler’s research interests focus primarily on landscape ecology, particularly as it relates to biodiversity conservation. For his PhD research, Nick is studying the effect of corridors and habitat networks on large and medium mammals in the highly fragmented Atlantic Forest. His research interests stem from three years of service with the Peace Corps and WWF in Paraguay. Nick is advised by Dr. Lyn Branch and co-advised by Miguel.
Orlando’s research interests are broad, including outreach to biodiversity monitoring, community/population ecology, eco/bioacoustics, and biogeography. He is a Colombian biologists from the Universidad Nacional - Bogotá (2012), with a master’s degree (MSc) at the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras (2016). He wants to integrate different tools to understand bio and ecogeographic patterns of phenotypic and diversity traits in tropical birds from worldwide to local scales. He is coadviced by Scott Robinson, at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Orlando enjoys outdoor activities and salsa dancing!
John Michael is interested in quantitative population ecology and modeling. In his thesis, he is studying the sources and consequences of heterogeneous mixing in vector-borne diseases. He is particularly interested in understanding how individual, movement and spatial heterogeneity influence disease dynamics of malaria in anoles in Puerto Rico and Florida.
Carly is interested in quantitative ecology and genomics. For her thesis, she is studying the evolutionary consequences of lizards (and their malaria parasites) re-colonizing secondary forests in Puerto Rico. She works in close collaboration with Riccardo Papa at the University of Puerto Rico.
Kylee is interested in conservation and behavioral ecology of the marine environment. My thesis focuses on the increasing human-dolphin interactions in Sarasota Bay, FL. Specifically in understanding the influence of human related foraging strategies on reproduction and survival of Common Bottlenose Dolphins.
For her MS degree, Nicole studied host-parasite co-evolutionary interactions in urban environments. She studied the consequences of infection by malaria parasites on Bananaquits, Puerto Rico’s most abudnant bird. She is currently working as a technician for the forest service in a super cool experimental warming project.