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 six graduate students, 12 undergraduate interns or research assistants, 5-8 part time employees, and countless volunteers.
KATE MANSFIELD, Ph.D.: Assistant 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.
RYAN CHABOT: M.S. student
Thesis research: using stable isotope analysis to assess the contribution of foraging grounds to the ACNWR nesting female green turtle population, and variations in reproductive success based on foraging location.
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; Indigenous knowledge of sea turtles in Northern Australia
JAKE KELLEY: M.S. Student; Thesis research: Disease ecology of fibropapillomatosis (FP) in sea turtles
BILL REDFOOT: MTRG M.S. graduate and Research Associate
DEAN BAGLEY: MTRG M.S. graduate and Research Associate
JLO (aka JENNIFER SOLIS): Beach Project Manager and Brevard County Contracts Coordinator
JENNIFER ELLIOTT: MTRG M.S. Graduate; County and Refuge Project Assistant
KORI JOHNSEN: UCF student; County Project Assistant
LLEWELLYN “DOC” EHRHART, Ph.D.: Professor Emeritus (retired) and MTRG founder
2016 ASSISTANT FIELD RESEARCHERS: Renee Grimley, Jason Hendershot, Abby Hudak, Kelsie Johnson, Kali Mills, Rachel Santulli, and Becky Smith
2016 INTERNS: Libby Abney, Kayla Burandt, Dolores Cline, Lesley Cohen, Bri Kimmel, Andrea Krebs, Sanabel Mahmoud, Jaclyn Pickett, Mackenzie Tackett, and Kelly Tate
JANET HOCHELLA: Long-term project volunteer
JIM STEVENSON: Long-term project volunteer