Sometimes we behave as our favorite mathematical distribution

Want to join our team?! We are looking for a self-motivated PhD student to join our team! The candidate will join a interdisciplinary team studying the demographic and evolutionary consequences of re-colonizing secondary habitats in Puerto Rico.

Principal investigator

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Miguel A. Acevedo
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. I feel very lucky to be able to dedicate my life to be an “ecological detective” solving the mysteries of nature. In this journey I collaborate with lots of really cool and smart people including mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, computer scientists, geographers, epidemiologists, and wildlife ecologists. Modeling is one of my favorite tools to solve these mysteries because they can reduce complex problems into a few number of equations and assumptions. I enjoy critical thinking, music and salsa dancing!

Graduate researchers

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David Clark Jr. (University of Puerto Rico, MS Biology)

David is a MS’ candidate studying the evolutionary relationship between Anolis gundlachi and Plasmodium azurophilum. Dave is interested in quantifying the negative physiological and behavioral change in the anole with differing levels of parasitemia, and how these changes can translate into population and community dynamics.




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Nicole Gutiérrez (University of Puerto Rico, MS Biology)

Nicole is an MS candidate interested in host-parasite co-evolutionary interactions in urban environments. She is studying individual heterogeneity in the potential negative consequences of infection by malaria parasites in birds of Puerto Rico’s urban landscape.




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Virnaliz Cruz (University of Florida, MS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Virnaliz is now a Florida Gator! She is being co-advised by Ethan White and interested in disease macro-ecology and other aspects of computational ecology.





Undergraduate researchers

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Judith Reyes (University of Puerto Rico, BS Biology)

Judith is a biology major undergraduate student part of the MARC program. She is working with the identification of the vector(s) of lizard malaria in Puerto Rican anoles. Her work involves field work, identifying mosquitoes and molecular diagnostics. After graduating, Judith would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases with a focus on vector-borne diseases.