Each year, the Everglades Foundation provides fellowships and scholarships for advanced research in support of the restoration of the Florida Everglades. These are awarded to outstanding graduate research students actively working to advance our understanding of the Everglades’ physical, chemical or biological processes, or researching the economic impacts of environmental changes. We are pleased to announce the 2015 awardees!
Christine Harvey is currently a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.Before joining UM, she was a systems engineer at Boeing. She is currently working on investigating the mechanisms that influence tarpon populations in the Everglades. By understanding how tarpon have used the Everglades historically versus how they use it today, she hopes to provide a baseline for defining the factors influencing the abundance and sustainability of this species. Christine will be developing a tool to forecast how Everglades restoration will affect the spatial distribution of the tarpon.
Adia Sovie is currently working on her M.Sc. at the University of Florida. Before joining UF, she was studying endangered California condorsin US national parks and human-elephant land use conflicts near Kenyan national parks in Africa. Her interest in wildlife ecology is grounded in seeking solutions to threats to biodiversity. The focus of her research is the disappearance of mid-sized mammals in the Everglades. Everglades National Park has experienced dramatic declines in mid-sized mammal sightings over the last several decades, and there are several plausible causes including loss of habitat, exotic predators (pythons), pollution and altered water flow. Adia will study the distribution, life history, and survival of marsh rabbits in south Florida. By comparing marsh rabbit ecology in areas experiencing mammal decline to areas with healthy mammal populations, she hopes to better understand the factors that determine their long-term survival in the Everglades.
Ross Boucek is a Ph.D. student at Florida International University. His current doctoral research focuses on how ocean/climate cycles will affect snook in Everglades National Park. The ultimate goal of his research will be to develop a model that predicts good and bad snook fishing years as well as angler catches, two years in advance, based on flow conditions that influence spawning effort and juvenile snook survival. This predictive power will not only improve harvest management strategies, but also provide valuable information to prepare those that rely on this fishery, effectively increasing their potential for economic stability and resilience.
More information about the Everglades Foundation’s Fellowship program is available here.