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Our Lab


Maru Iezzi

Postdoctoral Associate

Maru received her BS degree and Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maru is interested in large-scale conservation. As part of her postdoc, Maru is  assessing the efficacy of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and connectivity for mammals across the region.


Savannah Troy

Ph.D. candidate

Savannah received her BS degree from the University of Texas. She is interested in landscape ecology and conservation, with an eye toward problems of global conservation strategies for connectivity and mitigating habitat degradation.

Lab Alumni

Maggie Jones, 2018-2023. Katie Pisarello. 2020-2021.  Gavin Jones. 2019-2020.  Josh Cullen. 2019-2021.  Ellen Robertson. 2012-2020. Brian Reichert. 2009-2016.  Chris Cattau. 2014-2015.  Jennifer Seavey. 2010-2012.  Kyle McCarthy. 2009-2010.  Jason Evans. 2008-2009.  Alfredo Gonzalez. M.S. 2019-2022.  Haqiq Rahmani. Ph.D. 2017-2022.  Sarah Dudek. M.S. 2016-2018.  Jessica Hightower. Ph.D. 2015-2020.  Brad Udell. M.S. 2014-2016. Co-advised with Dr. Julien Martin.  Rich Stanton. Ph.D. 2013-2017. Co-advised with Dr. Bob McCleery.  Isabel Gottlieb. M.S. 2013-2016. Ellen Robertson. Ph.D. 2012-2017.  Katie Haase. Ph.D. 2012-2016.  Noah Burrell. Ph.D. 2012-2017. Co-advised with Dr. Peter Fredrick.  Mauricio Nunez-Reguiero. Ph.D. 2012-2016.  Luke McEachron. Ph.D. 2012-2019. Co-advised with Dr. Mike Allen.  Becky Wilcox. M.S. 2013-2016.  Rajeev Pillay. Ph.D. 2010-2016.  Miguel Acevedo. Ph.D. 2008-2013. Co-advised with Cole Smith (Industrial & Systems Engineering). Divya Vasudev. Ph.D. 2008-2013.  Irina Skinner. M.S. 2009-2013.

Raya Pruner. M.S. 2007-2010. Co-advised with Steve Johnson. Nate Marcy. M.S. 2008-2010. Chris Rota. M.S. 2007-2009.


Rob Fletcher

Professor and Leader of the Lab

Rob is a member of the Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department (WEC) and is affiliated with the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE). He is a big fan of critical thinking and integrating diverse perspectives into ecology, conservation, and management.

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Lara Elmquist

MS Student

Lara received her B.S. degree from Tulane University. She is interested in  the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on avian nesting and breeding behavior.

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Caroline Poli

Postdoctoral Associate

Caroline received her M.S. from Clemson University and Ph.D. from UF. She is interested in  movement ecology and its applications to conservation of endangered species.


Sebas Mena

M.S. student

Sebas got his BS degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Ecudador. He is working at the interface of climate limitations and spatial ecology in insects. Sebas is co-advised with Brett Scheffers.

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Oscar Godinez

Ph.D. student

Oscar received his M.S. from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Mexico. He is interested in the study and conservation of habitat connectivity of tropical mammal communities.


Andrew Marx

Software developer

Andrew received his M.S. from the University of Florida. He is interested in data science and developing reliable software for ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservationists. He is working on building software for new connectivity models and is the developer of the samc package and maintains the gdistance package.  


Muzi Sibiya

Ph.D. Candidate

Muzi received his M.S. from the University of Eswatini. He is interested in land-use change and avian communities.


Meghan Beatty

Ph.D. candidate

Meghan received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and a MS from UF.  She is interested in the spatial ecology and conservation of birds, with a focus on forecasting spatial population dynamics and their relevance for population recovery.

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Brian Jeffery

Project Manager and Ph.D. Student

Brian received his M.S. from the University of Florida. He is managing our research and monitoring on the endangered snail kite. For his dissertation, he is investigating the role of climate change on bird populations and communties.

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