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's Water School offers 5 degree programs including BA/BS in Environmental Studies, Geology and Marine Science, Masters with a research (MS, Environmental Science) or professional (MA, Environmental Studies) focus, and is involved with collaborative PhD programs in the USA, UK 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 solid quantitative skills. Inquiries: please send me an email to describe your research interests / ideas, academic background and a resume of related experience.
* The lab is full until 2020 but inquiries always welcome *
Kristina Shope (MS since 2016) is a wildlife biologist and full-time environmental consultant. She is studying the impact of human disturbance on Black Skimmer behavior.
Gina Cheadle (MS since 2017) is evaluating how Hurricane Irma influenced wading bird foraging in mangroves, in collaboration with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Courtney Kern (MS since 2018) joined the lab as an undergrad and is now studying Black Skimmer population dynamics. She is our senior Campus Naturalist and active with Audubon.
Meredith Heather (MS since 2019) is studying Scrub Jay habitat selection in collaboration with Dr. Reed Bowman at the Archbold Biological Station.
Madison Stevens (BS student) is studying Least Tern distributions, works as our lab's Research Assistant, and founded FGCU's Ornithology Club.
Nicholas Lechmanik (BA student) is studying shorebird distributions at Clam Pass.
Aviana Herrera, Blake Jocoby & Mallory Enzor (BS 2019) were part of our lab's work studying regional Black Skimmer dispersal, with partners Eckerd College / Audubon Florida.
Lina Ramirez (BA 2019) Senior Research: Red Tide impacts on seabirds. Lina also contributed to the Black Skimmer dispersal study, our 2019 Biodiversity Conference, and now works at the DEP.
Carly Teixeira (BA student) was our lab's Research Assistant in 2018-19.
Katy MacKinnon (BS 2018) Senior Research: vigilance behavior of Burrowing Owls.
Emily Wolfe (BS 2018) Senior Research: shifting breeding distributions of Roseate Spoonbills.
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.
Damian Baker (BS Biology 2018) is a Coast Guard vet and mechanical whiz who helped to build our Motus wildlife tracking station on FGCU campus.
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. Now Coastal Bird Technician with Audubon Mississippi.
Jayne Johnston (BA Environmental Studies 2016). Senior Research: breeding success of Common Grackles in campus parking structures. Now works for the FWC.