Kyra English

Kyra English


Dr. James Austin


College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


Wildlife Ecology and Conservation





Academic Awards

WEC Jennings Scholarship, President’s Honor Roll Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


USDA/APHIS Florida Field Station, Austin Lab

Research Interests

Conservation genetics & molecular ecology, parentage analysis, translocations, climate change

Hobbies and Interests

Weightlifting, beach volleyball, baking, bioactive terrariums

Research Project

Characterizing Relatedness to Determine the Social Structure of the Florida Bonneted Bat

The Florida bonneted bat, Eumops floridanus, is endemic to southern Florida and has been listed as a federally endangered species since 2013. In order to anticipate potential conservation risks and develop effective management plans for an endangered species such as the Florida bonneted bat, an understanding of their mating system and social structure is required. This project tests the efficacy of two separate datasets – a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset and a microsatellite dataset – to determine parentage and social structure among bats sampled from a large meta-colony at the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management area in Charlotte County, FL.