Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Florida
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Florida Education Activities


The 2019 Doris Duke cohort learns field techniques in Florida.

The Florida Unit has the mission to study wetland ecosystems within the state. Florida is a low relief, sub-tropical peninsula that is ecologically fragile. Though abundant, Florida's water resources are under increasing pressure from a burgeoning human population. Domestic, recreational, and development needs threaten Florida's water/wetland resources. In following its program directive, the Florida Unit has developed a research program that addresses management issues with approaches spanning species to ecosystem perspectives. Specifically, this Unit conducts detailed investigations of aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem interfaces and their component fish and wildlife resources.

The Florida Cooperative Unit offers numerous classes to graduate students at the University of Florida that focus on wildlife management issues and techniques that are pertinent to Florida's ecosystem.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Seminar Carthy 2018-08-15 2018-12-15
Topics in Wildlife Ecology Kitchens 1999-01-01 1999-01-01
Special Topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Carthy 2009-08-24 2009-12-11
Special Topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Carthy 2001-08-27 2001-12-17
Seminar Series: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Powell 2017-07-30 2018-05-15
Independent Study in Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation Carthy 2014-01-05 2014-05-24
Critical Thinking in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Carthy 2002-08-26 2002-12-16
Biology and Conservation of Loggerhead Sea Turtles Carthy 2004-01-01 2004-05-01
Advanced Wetlands Ecology Kitchens 2011-08-22 2011-12-07
Advanced Wetlands Ecology Kitchens 2007-05-14 2007-08-10
Advanced Wetlands Ecology Kitchens 2006-08-15 2006-12-15
Advanced Wetlands Ecology Kitchens 2002-05-01 2010-01-01
Advanced Wetland Ecology Kitchens 2003-09-01 2008-09-01
Administrative techniques in natural resources Percival 2006-01-11 2006-05-05
Administrative Techniques in Natural Resources Percival 2014-01-06 2014-04-23
Administrative Techniques in Natural Resources Percival 2010-01-04 2010-05-03
Administrative Techniques in Natural Resources Percival 2009-01-01 2009-04-30
Administrative Techniques in Natural Resources Percival 2007-01-11 2007-05-05
Administrative Techniques in Natural Resources Percival 2005-01-11 2005-05-05
Administration in Natural Resources Percival 2002-01-01 2002-05-01
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Unmanned aircraft in natural resource research and mangement09/27/06 Percival 2006-09-27
Status of the Snail Kite in Florida-Symposium sponsored by USFWS and FWC. Kitchens 2006-12-13
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Carthy 2017-02-17
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Carthy 2002-06-16
Title and Location Speaker Date
Wetland Community Ecology/ Description
Presented to: Orlando, FL
Kitchens 1989-01-01
Watts, A.C., H.F. Percival, P.G. Ifju, W.S. Bowman. Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Natural Resource Monitoring and Ecological Research. Invited Presentation, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, 30 April-3 May 2007, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2007-04-30
Watts, A. C. Scientific Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Biological Research and Natural Resource Monitoring. Invited Plenary Speaker, National Symposium on Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 1-3 October 2007, Boulder, CO.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2007-10-01
Watts H. F. Percival, P. G. Ifju, B. A. Dewitt, S. E. Smith, A. Mohamed, and W. S. Bowman. Development of an Autonomous UAV System for Wildlife and Ecological Research. Invited Presentation, 34th Annual Conference on Ecosystem Creation and Restoration, 2 November 2007, Plant City, FL.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2007-11-02
Water management for snail kites in Florida: Stable water levels does not produce a stable population
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1999-01-01
Wading bird foraging distribution patterns as indicators of fluctuating hydrologic conditions in the impounded northern Everglades
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1992-01-01
Visible, infrared, and hyperspectral vertical frame imagery from small UAS.
Presented to: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
Carthy, Burgess 2017-03-29
Vegetation relationships to sediment and hyrdology at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: comparison between species specific and community level analyses
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1987-01-01
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in wildlife population and habitat assessment.
Presented to: University of Florida, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Percival 2001-11-19
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in wildlife population and habitat assessment.
Presented to: University of Florida, Dept. of Forestry
Percival 2002-01-31
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in wildlife population and habitat assessment.
Presented to: University of Florida, Dept. of Agriculture & Biological Engineering
Percival 2001-11-11
Use of resighting data to estimate the rate of population growth of the snail kite in Florida
Presented to: Point Reyes, California
Kitchens 2000-10-27
Use of UAS to assess the 2017 Big Bend scallop harvest effort.
Presented to: University of Florida
Carthy, Burgess 2017-06-15
Use of GIS/ Remote Sensing in Wetlands Research and Management
Presented to: New Orleans, LA
Kitchens 1992-01-01
Unmanned aerial system for ecological research and monitoring
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival, Burgess, Perry, Reed, Evers, Rambo 2012-01-20
University of Florida Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program.
Presented to: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
Carthy, Burgess 2017-03-29
Tide gate influences on a tidal marsh
Presented to: Mobile, Al
Kitchens 1993-01-01
The influences of environmental variability on demography of snail kites in Florida
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1999-01-01
The influence of proximate and utltimate factors on the movement patterns of Snail Kites in Florida
Presented to: Boise, ID
Kitchens 1996-01-01
The Snail Kite: Current Research
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2008-07-08
The Importance of Water Conservation Area 3A to the Snail Kite Population in Florida
Presented to: Tropical Audubon Society, Miami, Florida
Kitchens 2011-02-15
The Importance of Water Conservation Area 3A to the Snail Kite Population in Florida
Presented to: Collective NGO Group
Kitchens 2011-01-22
The Florida Biological Diversity Project: an evaluation of biological diversity in Florida
Presented to: Orlando, Fl
Kitchens 1994-01-01
The Endangered Snail Kite:
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2005-03-16
Status of the snail kite in Florida.
Presented to: US fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Kissimmee, FL
Kitchens 2005-12-14
Status of the Snail Kite Population in Florida
Presented to: St. Johns River Water Management District
Kitchens 2005-09-14
Spatiotemporal variation in the structure of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages of the northern Everglades
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1992-01-01
Small Unmanned aircraft Systems (sUAS) used by the University of Florida UAS Research Program and and overview of current US UAS legislation.
Presented to: 37th International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Carthy 2017-04-16
Setting Hydrology Targets for Kite Restoration in the Central and Southern Everglades
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2009-03-11
Session organizer and convener.
Presented to: Charleston, SC
Kitchens 2005-01-01
Sea turtle conservation research: a view from the Southeastern U.S.
Presented to: University of the West Indies- St. Augustine
Carthy 2016-06-10
Science subgroup's role in the South Florida ecosystem restoration
Presented to: Naples, Fl
Kitchens 1995-01-01
Richardson, J.R., K.R. Pope, and W.M. Kitchens. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge vegetation and modeling study
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1987-01-01
Recovery of the Snail Kite in Florida: beyond a reductionist paradigm
Presented to: Orlando, Fl
Kitchens 1998-01-01
Population dynamics and conservation of Snail Kites in Florida: the improtance of spatial and temporal scale
Presented to: Charleston, SC
Kitchens 1997-01-01
Population Ecology and Conservation of the Snail Kite: An Update
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2009-09-23
Population Ecology and Conservation of the Snail Kite: An Update
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2009-07-03
Population Ecology and Conservation of the Snail Kite: An Update
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2008-10-11
Percival,H.F., and A.C. Watts. Unmanned aircraft systems for natural resource monitoring and ecological research. Invited presentation, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Standing Team, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 11 September 2007, Kissimmee, FL.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2007-09-11
Percival, H.F., and A.C. Watts. 2006. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) for natural resource management and wildlife surveillance. Invited Seminar, St. John's Water Management District, 13 July 2006, Palatka, FL
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2006-07-13
Percival, H.F., W.S. Bowman, and P.G. Ifju. Unmanned aerial vehicles for natural resource management and wildlife surveillance. Invited Presentation, US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Headquarters, 28 November 2006, Jacksonville, FL.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2006-11-28
Percival, H. F., A. C. Watts, W. S. Bowman, P. G. Ifju, S. E. Smith, A. Abd-Elrahman, B. A. Dewitt, A. Mohamed, J. H. Perry. University of Florida UAS Program Update. Presentation, Southeastern Adaptive Management Group Meeting, 22 April 2008.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2008-04-22
Pearlstine, L., M. Brody, W. Conner, and W.M. Kitchens. Modeling subsidence and levee construction impacts on bottomland forest communities in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin
Presented to: Chareston, SC
Kitchens 1986-01-01
Past, current, and future water management in the Everglades: How does ecological conservation fit into the equation?
Presented to: West Palm Beach, Fl
Kitchens 1996-01-01
Overview of issues and approaches to studies in formerly impounded tidal wetlands of the Savannha River Estuary
Presented to: Charleston, SC
Kitchens 2005-01-01
Ordination and classification of North Everglades marsh vegetation
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1987-01-01
Modeling wildlife species response to various forest management practices in weltands.
Presented to: New Orleans, LA
Kitchens 1986-01-01
Modeling of Wetland and Wildlife Relationships
Presented to: Charleston, SC
Kitchens 1986-01-01
Modeling Tidal Marsh Succession in the Coastal Savannah River, GA
Presented to: New Orleans, LA
Kitchens 1992-01-01
Methods for estimating dispersal probabilities and related parameters using marked animals
Presented to: Roscoff, France
Kitchens 1999-01-01
Linkages between the snail kite population and wetland dynamics in a highly fragmented South Florida hydroscape
Presented to: St. Louis, MO
Kitchens 1998-01-01
Light shields and hatchling orientation.
Presented to: Florida fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Carthy 2019-11-20
Letting research questions fly: the evolution and current status of the UF UAS program.
Presented to: Webinar presentation to U.S. Department of the Interior Unmanned Aerial Systems Users Group
Carthy 2013-11-22
Latham, P.J., L.G. Pearlstine, and W.M. Kitchens. Plant patterns and distribution of a south Atlantic Coast tidal marsh.
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1987-01-01
Landscape analysis of gramminoid habitats to water quality and hydrology in Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Presented to: Palm Harbor, FL
Kitchens 2003-04-13
Landscape Approaches to Wetland Management
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1998-01-01
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Conceptual Model Responses
Presented to: South Florida Water Management District, Kissimmee, FL
Kitchens 2005-08-14
Influence of the 1994-1995 high water event on survival, reproduction, and distribution of Snail Kites in the Florida Everglades
Presented to: Miami, Fl
Kitchens 1996-01-01
Graduate Orientation WEC Graduate Students
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2011-08-22
Freshwater tidal forest communities sampled in the lower Savannah River Floodplain
Presented to: Charleston, SC
Kitchens 2005-01-01
Factors influencing dispersal probabilities on snail kites in Florida. Causes, consequences, and mechanisms of dispersal at the individual, population, and community level
Presented to: Roscoff, France
Kitchens 1999-01-01
Engineering Solutions to Aid in the Preservation of Sea Turtles
Presented to: University of Florida
Carthy 2013-06-20
Effects of fire and hydrology on the tree islands of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Presented to: Boca Raton, Fl
Kitchens 1998-01-01
Crocodile Specialist Group Virtual Drone Workshop
Presented to: University of Florida
Carthy 2020-09-18
Conservation of Arctic Birds: Filling in the Missing Pieces
Presented to: Southern Illinois University
Powell 2018-11-15
Conservation of Arctic Birds: Filling in the Missing Pieces
Presented to: Clemson University
Powell 2017-03-09
Carthy, R.R., S.Z. Nomani and M.K. Oli. 2007. Counting holes: an assessment of gopher tortoise population assessment techniques. Invited talk, Program for Environmental Statistics, University of Florida, November 11. 2006
Presented to: University of Florida
Carthy 2006-11-11
Brody, M., L. Pearlstine, and W. Kitchens. Profecting wildlife habitat in Louisiana's Atchafalaya basin by linking to a dynamic forest simulation model
Presented to: Chareston, SC
Kitchens 1986-01-01
Bowman, W. S., A.C. Watts, P.G. Ifju and H.F. Percival. Invited demonstration of UF/Corps UAS for levee monitoring missions, 31 July, Clewiston, FL.
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival 2007-07-31
Avian migration and full life cycle biology
Presented to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Gainesville, FL
Powell 2016-02-05
Aspects of Hydrology on Snail Kite Demography
Presented to: University of Florida
Kitchens 2008-05-06
Annual survival of Snail Kites in Florida with comparisons between radio telemetry and capture-resighting data
Presented to: Savannah, GA
Kitchens 1997-01-01
An evalutaion of refuge habitats and relationships to water quality, quantity, and hydroperiods: and overview of on-going research
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1992-01-01
An ecological analysis of the Florida Everglades
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1992-01-01
A spatial hydrological model of Loxahatchee National Wildlife refuge and its integration into a GIS anaylysis
Presented to: New Orleans, LA
Kitchens 1992-01-01
A historical perspective on the endangered snail kite relative to watershed management in south and central Florida
Presented to: Seattle, WA
Kitchens 1999-01-01
A geographical systems model of fire damage and vetetation recovery in the Everglades
Presented to: New Orleans, LA
Kitchens 1992-01-01
A comparison of an historic Northern Everglades marsh with onw of more recent origin
Presented to: Columbus, OH
Kitchens 1992-01-01
A case study application of GIS in resolution of wetland issues
Presented to: Gainesville, Fl
Kitchens 1993-01-01
A Small Unmanned Aircraft System for Ecological Research and Monitoring
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival, Burgess, Perry, Evers, Rambo, Reed 2011-03-08
A Small Unmanned Aircraft System for Ecological Research and Monitoring
Presented to: University of Florida
Percival, Burgess, Perry, Evers, Rambo, Reed 2011-03-07
Title Presenter Date
The Endangered Snail Kite: Its Ecology and Status Kitchens 2005-04-04
Sea turtle natural history Carthy 2004-08-10
Sea turtle life history and conservation issues. Carthy 2009-10-01
Sea turtle anatomy and physiology Carthy 2004-08-10
Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation Carthy 2001-04-02
Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation Carthy 2001-03-02
Migratory Connectivity and Seasonal Interactions - Guest lectures in WIS 4934, Avian Ecology and Conservation Powell 2015-11-12
Marine Ecology Carthy 2012-01-01
Life of a Little Known Bird: Smith's Longspur Powell 2019-10-08
Life of a Little Known Bird: Smith's Longspur Powell 2016-11-03
Job Opportunities in Wildlife Ecology Percival 2001-04-01
Family and Culture Carthy 2002-04-10
Ecosystem Ecology Kitchens 2009-10-08
Conservation of Arctic Birds Powell 2018-09-25
Coastal Ecology, in Wildlife Techniques Powell 2016-04-01
Coastal Ecology Powell 2017-03-31
Aquatic Animal Health Carthy 2012-01-01
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Zweig, Christa (PhD) Kitchens 2006 2009
Zweig, Christa (MS) Percival 2002 2003
Zarate, Patricia (MS) Percival 2009 2012
Wilson, Bobby (MS) Percival 2004 2005
Wilkinson, Ben (MS) Percival 2006 2007
Wilcox, Rebecca (MS) Kitchens 2012 2015
Wiebe, Jon (MS) Percival 2002 2005
White, LeAnn (MS) Percival 2000 2000
White, Gregory (PhD) Kitchens 1995 2000
Welch, Zacharia (PhD) Kitchens 2005 2009
Watts, Adam (PhD) Percival 2009 2012
Waddle, Hardin (PhD) Percival 2002 2006
Venne, Louise (PhD) Kitchens 2009 2012
Temsiripong, Yosapong (MS) Carthy 1997 1999
Szantoi, Zoltan (MS) Percival 2008 2011
Stolen, Eric (PhD) Kitchens 2000 2001
Stevens, Philip (PhD) Percival 1999 2002
Soarez, Luciano (PhD) Percival 2011 Present
Soares, Luciano (PhD) Carthy 2013 2018
Smith, Allison (MS) Powell 2018 Present
Singh, Aditya (MS) Percival 2007 2009
Shoger, Brad (MS) Kitchens 2008 2009
Schad, Brandon (MS) Percival 2007 2009
Rosenblatt, Adam (PhD) Percival 2007 2013
Robertson, Ellen (PhD) Kitchens 2011 Present
Rice, Amanda (MS) Percival 2001 2004
Reiss, Kelly (PhD) Kitchens 2000 2004
Rausheuberger, Richard (PhD) Percival 2002 2004
Powers, Eric (MS) Kitchens 2002 2005
Poli, Caroline (PhD) Powell 2017 2020
Perry, John (PhD) Percival 2009 Present
Olson, Johnny (PhD) Percival 2011 2013
O'Donnell, Richard (PhD) Carthy 2018 Present
Noggle, Jessica (PhD) Percival 2002 2005
Mytinger, Linda (PhD) Kitchens 1995 2000
Muench, Ann Marie (MS) Kitchens 2002 2004
Moto, Mario (PhD) Percival 2003 2005
Morea, Cory (MS) Percival 1998 2000
Moore, Shannon (MS) Powell 2016 2018
Mennu, Matlock (PhD) Carthy 2017 Present
Martin, Julien (PhD) Kitchens 2003 2007
Malloy, Kate (MS) Kitchens 2002 2004
Lynch, Ryan (MS) Kitchens 2009 2012
Lindgren, Kristiana (MS) Kitchens 2003 2006
Lehvert, Matthew (MS) Percival 2003 2005
Lee, Kyuho (MS) Percival 2002 2004
Lane, Charles (MS) Kitchens 1997 2000
Ketterlin, Jennifer (MS) Percival 2005 2013
Jones, Paul (MS) Percival 2001 2003
Johnson, Fred (PhD) Percival 2006 2010
Jeffrey, Brian (MS) Percival 2004 2007
Jeffery, Brian (PhD) Powell 2018 Present
Hotaling, Althea (MS) Kitchens 2006 2008
Hogan, Jennifer (MS) Percival 2001 2003
Hoffman, Robert (MS) Percival 2009 2013
Hill, Melissa (MS) Carthy 2016 2018
Haynes, Nia (PhD) Percival 2011 Present
Hayes, Nia (PhD) Carthy 2011 2016
Gwinn, Daniel (PhD) Percival 2009 Present
Gregory, Christopher (MS) Percival 2001 2004
Godshalk, Robert (PhD) Percival 2000 2000
Farid, Rashidah (PhD) Carthy 2015 2019
Enloe, Caroline (PhD) Powell 2019 Present
Dusek, Marsha (MS) Kitchens 2001 2003
Dudek, Sarah (MS) Powell 2017 2018
Duberstein, Jamie (MS) Kitchens 2002 2004
Dreitz, Victoria (PhD) Kitchens 1996 2000
Divaker, Moses (PhD) Carthy 2017 Present
Desa, Melissa (MS) Kitchens 2006 2008
Coggins, Lewis (PhD) Percival 2005 2007
Clark, Mark (PhD) Kitchens 1995 2000
Chopp, Matthew (MS) Percival 1999 2003
Cherkiss, Michael (MS) Percival 1998 1999
Cattau, Christopher (MS) Kitchens 2005 2007
Catalano, Matthew (PhD) Percival 2006 2008
Carter, Cameron (MS) Percival 2004 2010
Candelora, Kristen (MS) Percival 2003 2007
Bugbee, Christopher (MS) Percival 2005 2007
Buckingham, Cheryl (MS) Kitchens 1988 1990
Brush, Janell (MS) Kitchens 2000 2006
Brown, Megan (PhD) Kitchens 2009 2012
Bowling, Andrea (MS) Kitchens 2006 2008
Atkinson, Benjamin (PhD) Carthy 2010 2015
Arevalo, Boris (PhD) Powell 2018 Present