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Our Research Team 

The Everglade Snail Kite Research Team is a group of dedicated and hard-working ecologists, students, and field biologists. Our team conducts range-wide snail kite population monitoring and research. We work in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies to help inform decision-making for conservation efforts of the critically endangered Everglade Snail Kite. 

Rob Fletcher

Rob is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. He is the Principle Investigator for the snail kite monitoring program.

Brian Jeffery

Is the project manager and is in charge of training, reports, and permits. He is also pursuing a PhD examining the impacts of climate and weather on snail kite demography. 

Caroline Poli

Caroline is a Postdoctoral Associate investigating patterns of snail kite demography, movement, and drivers of population viability. 

Meghan Beatty

Meghan is a PhD student in the Department of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She is interested in population biology, spatial ecology, and conservation of snail kites

Alfredo Gonzalez

Alfredo is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation studying the influence of habitat factors on nest failure in snail kites. He graduated from the Florida State University with a BS in Environmental Studies and has worked as an avian field technician  before entering graduate school.

Julia Magill

Julia is the snail kite crew lead. She surveys sites throughout Florida collecting population and nest monitoring data.

Lara Elmquist

Lara is the snail kite assistant crew lead. She is interested in raptor biology and migration and has recently discovered her passion for snail kite conservation and breeding behavior. 

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