Treasurer: Josh Scholl (Florida Atlantic University)

As the ESA Student Section Treasurer I am charged with managing the section’s budget and managing fundraising activities. I also work with the other officers to brainstorm fundraising ideas and new initiatives to accomplish the purpose of the Student Section. Finally, along with all the other officers, I serve as a resource to all student members of the Ecological Society of America and those who are interested in becoming members. So please feel to contact me with any questions you may have about the Student Section or getting involved, and I will do my best to help you directly or find someone who can!

My general research interests lie in reptile ecology and conservation biology which I pursue at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Currently my main research goal is to determine which factors dictate gopher tortoise population dynamics and distribution in confined, degraded environments of South Florida. The gopher tortoise is of significant research interest to many herpetologists and conservation biologists throughout its range in
the southeastern United States as result of its suggested role as a keystone species. However, few studies have been published regarding the ecology of the gopher tortoise in confined, degraded habitats common in rapidly developing southeastern Florida and throughout the southeastern USA.

Additionally I am very interested in plant distributions and look forward to transitioning to botany for my PhD studies. Ever since embarking in ecology research, I have grown my interests in plants. I would particularly enjoy studying features of invasive plant species that allow them to dominate in foreign environments.


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