Julianne Gibson

Student NameJulianne Gibson
Faculty Mentor NameMarcus, Lashley, Dr
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorWildlife Ecology and Conservation
MinorQuantitative Specialization
Research InterestsUnmanned Aerial Vehicles, Gopher Tortoises, Quantitative Analysis, Fire Ecology, Endangered Species
Academic AwardsFall 2020/Deans List, Spring 2020/Deans List, Spring 2020/Jennings Scholarship, Summer 2020/Monica Stokley Scholarship,
OrganizationsUF Deutschklub
Hobbies and InterestsWeightlifting, Hiking, Kayaking, Baking/Cooking, Stand Up Paddleboarding & Surfing, Scuba Diving, Photography, Painting, Camping

Research Project

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Locate Gopher Tortoise Burrows in Burned Landscapes?

Gopher tortoises, Gopherus Polyphemus, are a keystone species, currently listed as threatened in the state of Florida, which provide shelter and habitat to various other species through their extensive burrows. Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected under state law, with many agencies and universities researching population dynamics to better understand the species and help with recovery efforts. Prescribed fire is an important management approach for maintaining gopher tortoise habitats and helps create ideal habitat variation. These burrows are usually located using traditional sampling methods such as walking transects in a given area but can be arduous to locate following prescribed fire. As a result, through use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), I am locating burrows in recently burned landscapes by walking and flying transects, then comparing the success of each method statistically through generalized linear modeling.