Founded in the late 1970’s, the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group (MTRG) focuses on research, education, and scientific advisory service related to sea turtle ecology, biology, and conservation. At any given time, the MTRG is comprised of up to seven graduate students, 12 undergraduate interns or research assistants, 5-8 part time employees, and volunteers.
KATE MANSFIELD, Ph.D.: Associate Professor and MTRG lab Director
ERIN SENEY, Ph.D.: Assistant Research Scientist
CHRIS LONG: Ph.D. student
Dissertation research: Ontogeny, ecology, and behavior of newly recruited coastal juvenile green turtles.
GUSTAVO STAHELIN: Ph.D. student; supported by CAPES and Brazil’s Science without Borders program
KATRINA PHILLIPS: Ph.D. student; recipient of the UCF Boyd Lyon Fellowship and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
RYAN WELSH: Fall 2014 M.S. student.
ALEX SACCO: Ph.D. Student; recipient of the UCF Boyd Lyon Fellowship; Dissertation research: Describing seascape habitat across multiple life stages of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
JAKE KELLEY: M.S. Student; Thesis research: Disease ecology of fibropapillomatosis (FP) in sea turtles.
TIFFANY DAWSON: Ph.D. Student starting Fall 2018; recipient of the UCF Boyd Lyon Fellowship
DEAN BAGLEY: MTRG M.S. graduate and Research Associate
JLO (aka JENNIFER SOLIS): Beach Project Manager and Brevard County Contracts Coordinator
KORI JOHNSEN: UCF student; County Project Assistant
LLEWELLYN “DOC” EHRHART, Ph.D.: Professor Emeritus (retired) and MTRG founder
2018 ASSISTANT FIELD RESEARCHERS: Jason Hendershot, Rachel Santulli, Becky Smith, Taylor Coyle, Mackenzie Tackett, Kayla Burandt, Mitch Meads.
2018 INTERNS: Taylor Collins, Mia El-khazen, Sarah Shaver, Tori Howard, Tamara Lee, Samantha Heckey, Briana McIntosh, Corinna Donnelly-Martin, Jessica Dehn, Monica Reusch, Danae Pugh.
JANET HOCHELLA: Long-term project volunteer
JIM STEVENSON: Long-term project volunteer
SIMONA CERIANI (Ph.D.); KENDRA COPE (M.S); RYAN CHABOT (M.S.)