Dr. Kara Lefevre [ BSc Guelph • MSc Queen's • PhD Toronto • Postdoc Laval ]
An ecologist, conservation biologist, ornithologist, and science educator, I am a resident of Manitoulin Island, Canada and a professor of Environmental Science at FGCU. My fascination with birds was spurred by my interest in arctic environments. Aside from academic research, I've worked as a Park Naturalist, Migratory Bird Biologist, and as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of the Environment in Ottawa, Canada.
Joining us on the Gulf Coast?
FGCU has BS programs in Biology, Environmental Studies and Marine Science, Masters programs with a research (MS, Environmental Science) or professional (MA, Environmental Studies) focus, and is involved with collaborative PhD programs in the USA and France. There is potential assistance for out-of-state / international tuition. I seek strong students with a passion for wildlife research, independence, a positive attitude, and comfort in the outdoors. Inquiries: please send me an email to describe your research interests / project ideas, academic background and a CV with related experience.
* The lab is full until 2019 but inquiries always welcome *
Kristina Shope (MS since 2016) is a wildlife biologist with experience conducting surveys throughout the U.S. She is studying the impact of human disturbance on Black Skimmer behavior.
Gina Cheadle (MS since 2017) is evaluating how Hurricane Irma influenced mangroves and small egrets, in collaboration with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Courtney Kern (MS since 2018) just started grad school after joining the lab as an undergrad. She is a Campus Naturalist, active with Audubon and interested in shorebird foraging and migration.
Katy MacKinnon (BS student) is studying vigilance behavior of Burrowing Owls.
Emily Wolfe (BS student) is studying shifting distributions of Roseate Spoonbills.
Aviana Herrera, Blake Jocoby, Lina Ramirez, Mallory Enzor (BS students) are part of our lab's collaborative work studying regional Black Skimmer dispersal, with partners at Eckerd College / Audubon Florida.
Damian Baker (BS student) is a Coast Guard vet and mechanical whiz who helped to build our Motus wildlife tracking station.
Courtney Kern & Hannah Moore (BA Environmental Studies 2018)
Senior Research: evaluating the relationship between Red Knot movements and human population density using publicly available data from Motus and eBird.
Amanda Bradley & Kylar Johnson (BA Environmental Studies 2017)
Senior Research: evaluated how beach traffic influences shorebird use of the Gulf coastline, working in partnership with the Town of Fort Myers Beach.
Danielle Shepard & David Shephard (BS Biology 2017, co-advised with Dr. John Herman) studied predator-prey dynamics involving the Big Cypress fox squirrel.
Brenna McPhee (BS Biology 2017, co-advised with Dr. John Herman) Studied how wading birds use roadside ditches. She is doing an internship studying endangered bird species in Hawaii.
Garrett Martinez (BA Environmental Studies 2017)
Studied patterns of insect biodiversity in relation to seasonal rainfall patterns.
Ryan Fox (BA Environmental Studies 2017)
Senior Research / Internship. Coordinated volunteers for two major conferences on campus: Conserving Biodiversity, and the Wilson Society for Ornithology's annual meeting.
Stephen Ozzello (BA Environmental Studies 2017, co-advised with Dr. Jamie MacDonald)
Distribution of wax myrtle relative to rainfall patterns in an extremely wet El Nino year.
Keith Moore (BA Environmental Studies 2017)
Senior Research: avifauna of constructed wetlands on campus. He is working at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Melinda Averhart (BA Environmental Studies 2016)
Senior Research: use of Fish Crow abatement techniques in a Least Tern colony. She is now a Coastal Bird Technician with Audubon Mississippi.
Jayne Johnston (BA Environmental Studies 2016)
Senior Research: breeding success of Common Grackles in campus parking structures. She now works for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.