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SNRE Graduate Student Council

Meet the council's officers:

Alicia- President

Growing up in the Great Lakes State, I have always been fascinated by aquatic systems. I worked as a laboratory technician identifying phtyo- and zooplankton species before beginning my graduate career. I completed my MSc in Conservation Biology at Central Michigan University, where my research focused on the feeding ecology of a Great Lakes invasive species. My interest in food web and community interactions led me to the University of Florida, where I am pursuing my PhD through SNRE. My doctoral research will use the model aquatic food web contained in the leaves of the purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea, to understand how community size spectra are influenced by gradients of abiotic, biotic, and climatic variables. I am excited to be a part of such a diverse group of young researchers, and to serve as the SNRE Graduate Student Council President for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Ellen - Vice President


When I was a first-year student in college, my intro biology teacher suggested that I take ecology next year. I thought she was crazy. Fortunately, I listened to her; ecology quickly became my favorite class, and I’ve been on the trajectory of studying ecology ever since. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Mount Holyoke College in 2013, I spent two years working various field technician jobs around the country, trying to figure out what I wanted to study. After tackling deer and pigs and tracking bats around the woods, I finally settled down at the University of Florida as a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Ecology, with a focus on Wildlife Ecology. I currently study community ecology of small mammals in southeastern Arizona. I’m looking forward to engaging more with the SNRE community over the coming year!


Hannah- Treasurer

Hannah Brown is a second-year Ph.D. student studying interdisciplinary ecology. After earning her bachelor’s in psychology from the New College of Florida, she went on to complete a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. Her dissertation research aims to improve communication between stakeholders involved in oyster reef restoration projects on the Gulf Coast. When she isn’t working on her dissertation, she is writing news stories and managing social media for UF SNRE. In her free time, Brown hosts a YouTube cooking show, Vegan Cooking with Hannah Brown and is co-editor of a blog, called The Renaissance Woman. Brown also works as a freelance journalist. She has been published in the Tampa Bay Times, the Gainesville Sun, the Lake City Reporter, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Physician Leadership Library.







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