My dissertation research is examining population ecology of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in South Carolina under the advisement* of Dr. Patrick Jodice and Dr. Clint Moore of the South Carolina and Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, respectively.
Alligators are often simultaneously viewed as a keystone species of ecological importance, a controversial public safety nuisance, and a valuable economic resource. Intensive development on South Carolina’s coastal plain within the alligator’s core range presents additional challenges to effective conservation and management decision-making to satisfy multiple stakeholder groups. In cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Resources, the objectives of my dissertation research are to:
*Dr. Katherine (Kate) McFadden was the original Principal Investigator on this project. Kate served as my advisor and Assistant Unit Leader of the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit prior to her unexpected passing on Monday, October 28th, 2014. Given her intimate involvement with the project, I have created a dedicated page for Kate that provides more information, and will serve as a permanent home for her memory.