students and technicians
Camera and Acoustic Technician
Edder is originally from the city of Chicago, Illinois, where he received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. During his undergraduate career,
Edder was a volunteer for a large scale camera trap research project studying urban wildlife in the greater Chicagoland area. After deploying dozens of camera traps and analyzing thousands of photos, Edder developed a strong interest in the field of wildlife ecology. More specifically, he is interested in studying the impacts humans have on wildlife populations.
Wanting to gain more research experience and better refine his research interests for an eventual jump to graduate school, Edder took on various seasonal positions as a technician. He
has surveyed shore birds in the Pacific Northwest, banded migratory birds in the gulf coast, and deployed acoustic recorders to study bats in the East coast. He recently finished a position last year at Colorado State University as an Acoustic Research Associate where he programmed acoustic recording units to monitor South African birds.
Edder is currently a technician for Dr. Hance Ellington where he will assist on deploying and retrieving equipment to monitor wildlife. He will use his experience from various wildlife positions to contribute to these efforts while simultaneously strengthening his skillset to pursue his goal of
enrolling in graduate school and obtaining a Master’s Degree.
Bilingual Wildlife Outreach and Extension Specialist
Alejandra is currently completing her BSc in environmental science and policy at the University of South Florida. She is assisting with the RWE Lab’s extension program through the translation and social media promotion of wildlife resources aimed at increasing accessibility of educational materials to Florida’s Hispanic community.
Previously she has interned at a non-profit and assisted with at-risk species research by collecting data on the status and distribution of threatened skink species in Central Florida. She also assisted with a variety of fieldwork such as species surveys, vegetative monitoring, and reintroducing native plant species.
When Alejandra is not working or studying, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends, especially her cat Julio.
Emilie studied in France at the University of Poitiers where she earned a Master in Applied Ecology. Afterwards, she did an internship in the WEEL lab (Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab in St John's, NL) to study migratory caribou. She worked for almost two years at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. The goals of the project were to understand how the movements and behaviour of steppic birds could be affected by the presence of large infrastructure, such as wind farms. Since Fall 2021, she is back in the WEEL lab to do an MSc under the co-supervision of Eric Vander Wal and Hance Ellington. She has a particular interest in conservation and human-wildlife interactions. Her project aims to understand how caribou respond to linear features and quantify the potential impact on their fitness.
Zachery is pursuing his Masters degree in the Department of Wildlife Ecology under the advisement of Dr. Hance Ellington and is studying how avian biodiversity is affected by varying pasture management techniques and stocking densities throughout south-central Florida. His program began in spring 2021.
Prior to beginning his program, Zach worked for several entities including research stations, governmental agencies, and private consulting companies across the state of Florida. Zach's previous experience, passion, and research interests revolve around birds and how they adapt to anthropomorphic dominated landscapes such as urbanization, agriculture, and climate impacted landscapes. Zach's goal is to continue applied avian research to aid in conservation and has worked with listed avian species for the past 4 years.
Outside of research and work, Zach also enjoys hiking, kayaking, volunteering, and birding all with family, friends and the pups.
Camera and Acoustic Technician
Samantha recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife with emphasis in wildlife science. She is interested in studying herpetofauna and becoming a herpetologist after graduate school.
Samantha is currently a technician for Dr. Hance Ellington where she will assist in deploying and collecting and processing data used to monitor wildlife at the RCREC in central Florida. Her favorite herps are the Eastern indigo snake and marbled salamander.
Bri is a Master’s student working on the wild pig management survey to identify potential barriers to the implementation of best management practices.
Bri earned their BSc in Wildlife at Purdue University in Fall 2021. Some of their work highlights include two years in an underground rodent lab, working with Dr. Rod Williams and his hellbenders and traveling around Indiana to camp and collect data on eastern hemlock.
In their free time, Bri enjoys watching horror films and birdwatching.
previous students and technicians
Hannah assisted with the design and implementation of a survey of landowners on wild pig management, in order to identify barriers to the use of best management practices. In addition, she developed and assisted with several EDIS publications.
Hannah is started her Master’s in Earth and Environmental Resources Management at the University of South Carolina in Columbia in Fall 2021. She will be working with Dr. John Kupfer in the Geography department and focusing on conservation planning, landscape ecology, and GIS. It is an internship-based program, and she hopes to be able to intern with SCDNR or the Congaree Land Trust.
In addition to studying wildlife and spending time outdoors, Hannah loves listening to music.