Advisors: Quenton Tuckett and Jeff Hill
I am a distance student located outside of Tampa Bay, working on my M.S in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. My research will focus on the infamous freshwater invaders, the mosquitofish. The mosquitofish is highly invasive and very aggressive, causing a decline in small bodied freshwater fishes around the world. Often, mosquitofish are lumped into 1 group in global agencies, despite eastern and western mosquitofish being separate species. My work will focus on comparing these two species in order to understand their invasive processes, as well as to gain a better understanding of their influence on various ecosystems. Outside of UF, I am a 6th grade science teacher in Hillsborough County.