Fletcher Lab Members


Rob Fletcher

Rob Fletcher, Associate Professor and leader of the lab...

I am a member of the Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department (WEC). I am a big fan of critical thinking and integrating diverse perspectives into ecology, conservation, and management. (Click here for more).

Brian Reichert

Brian Reichert, Postdoctoral Associate.

Brian received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida. For his postdoc, Brian is leading two projects that focus on spatial demography, movement on networks, and population viability across landscapes.


Noah Burrell, Ph.D. Candidate.

Noah received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Humboldt State University. For his dissertation, Noah will be working on large-scale movement behaviors of wading birds in response to climate. Noah is co-advised by Peter Frederick.

Isabel Gotlieb

Isabel Gotlieb, M.S. student.

Isabel received her B.S. from Trinity College. She is studying how wildlife communities respond to forest management for biofuels production in the Southeast. This work is in collaboration with the Jones Ecological Research Center and Emory University.


Katie Haase, Ph.D. student.

Katie received her B.S. from Unity College in Maine and M.S. degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Katie is working on movement and resource selection of Florida manatees as they expand their geographic range. This work is in collaboration with Dan Slone at the U.S. Geological Survey.


Luke McEachron, Ph.D. Candidate.

Luke received his B.S. degree from Colorado State University and his M.S. from the Florida State University. Luke is interested in appling spatial ecology concepts to marine systems and marine conservation planning. He is also a scientist with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Mauricio Nunez-Regueiro, Ph.D. Candidate.

Mau received his M.S. degree from the University of Florida. As part of his dissertation, Mau will be investigating the sustainability of an expansion in biofuels production for wildlife and ecosystem services.

Rajeev Pillay

Rajeev Pillay, Ph.D. Candidate.

Rajeev received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Calcutta, India. For his dissertation, Rajeev is investigating how habitat loss and fragmentation in the Asian tropics influence community networks.


Ellen Robertson, Ph.D. Candidate.

Ellen received her B.S. degree from Furman University and her M.S. degree from the University of Maine. As part of her dissertation, Ellen is focusing on connectivity, breeding biology, and genetic issues for the endangered Florida Snail Kite.

Rich Stanton

Rich Stanton, Ph.D. student.

Rich earned his B.S. from SUNY Cobleskill and his M.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Rich is studying how landscape composition influences bird community structure and function in southern Africa.  Rich is co-advised by Bob McCleery.

Brad Udell, M.S. student.

Brad earned his B.S. from the University of Florida.  For his thesis, Brad is studying how to reduce mantee mortality arising from boat collisions.  Brad is co-advised by Julien Martin (USGS).

Jessica Hightower, Ph.D. student.

Jessica received her M.S. from the University of Central Florida. She is interested in studying bird community dynamics and habitat fragmentation in Borneo.


Caroline Poli, Ph.D. student.

Caroline received her M.S. from Clemson University . She is interested in studying movement behaviors of the endangered snail kite.

Brian Jeffery, Project Manager.

Brian received his M.S. from the University of Florida. He is managing our research and monitoring on the endangered Everglade Snail Kite.

Lab Alumni


Becky Wilcox

2013-2015. M.S. student who studied foraging preferences of a native, endangered bird on an invasive, exotic prey. Now a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming.

Divya Vasudev

2008-2013. Ph.D. student who studied movement behavior and connectivity in western Hoolock gibbons. Now a Senior Research Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), India.

Miguel Acevedo

2008-2013. Ph.D. student who studied the role of dispersal asymmetries for metapopulations and conservation planning. Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

Jennifer Seavey

2010-2012. Postdoctoral Associate who worked on coastal issues in Florida. Now an Executive Eirector of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire.

Kira Taylor-Hoar

2010-2012. Undergraduate student who worked on a project as part of the University Scholar's Program. Kira studied how prey discriminate predator information.

Kim Jones

2011-2012. Undergraduate student who worked on a project as part of the University Scholar's Program that includes developing a decision support tool for sustainable biofuels production. Now studying environmental law.

Kyle McCarthy

2009-2010. Postdoctoral Associate who worked on Florida panthers. Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware.

Jason Evans

2008-2009. Postdoctoral Associate who worked on bioenergy and biodiversity. Now an Assistant Professor at the Stedman University.

Chris Rota

2007-2009. M.S. student who studied the problem of imperfect detection in distribution models. Now working on postdoctoral associate at the University of Missouri.

Nate Marcy

2008-2010. M.S. student who studied habitat fragmentation in the cloud forests of Ecuador. Now working on various field projects throughout the country.

Raya Pruner

2007-2010. M.S. student who investigated the causes and consequences of habitat selection by snowy plovers. Now working with Florida Park Service.

Emily Williams

2010-2011. Undergraduate student who conducted independent research on habitat fragmentation and matrix efffects.

Elaine Kuo

2010. High school student that studied predation risk in forest bird communities.

Erin Murphy

2009-2010. Undergraduate technician that worked on a variety of GIS projects.

John Andrews

2009. Undergraduate technician that conducted experiments on perceptual ranges and signal detection by insects.

Ellen Martin

2010. Undergraduate Technician that worked on GIS mapping.

Will Maxwell

2009. Undergraduate USP scholar who conducted an experiment on social information and perceptual ranges.

Marlena Wietlisbach

2008. Undergraduate technician who worked with state wildlife action plans and bioenergy.

Nikie Gentry

2008. Undergraduate technician who helped review wildlife articles and land use effects.