Dr. Jerry Johnston is the leader of the Santa Fe River Turtle Project and Professor of Biology at Santa Fe College. He received a B.S. from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami. In 2011, he was named Florida Professor of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges.
Jenny Adler earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from Brown University and moved to Florida in 2011 to work at USGS where she mainly worked with Gulf sturgeon in the Suwannee River. She is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida studying grazers and dissolved oxygen in Florida's springs, where she can usually be found doing research, taking pictures, or cave diving. She has worked on the Santa Fe River Turtle Project since 2013.
Dr. Matthew Carrigan is Assistant Professor of Biology at Santa Fe College. He earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida. He has worked on the Santa Fe River Turtle Project since 2012.
Megan De Angelis is a student at the University of North Florida working toward a BS in Wildlife Ecology. She works at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm educating youngsters who participate in the Zoo Camp program. She has been part of the project since 2017.
Adrienne Drennen is a senior in the Biology Department at the University of Florida. She received her A.A. from Santa Fe College and has worked with Dr. Johnston on the Santa Fe River Turtle Project since the spring of 2011. A great lover of animals, Adrienne trains horses and teaches riding lessons in addition to her work with the SFRTP research team.
Trish Eaton is currently pursuing a BA in Organizational Management at Santa Fe College. She has a degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Airforce and earned an AA degree in Zoology From Santa Fe College. Trish is the Admiral of he turtle project fleet.
Jeremy Geiger is a student at Santa Fe College pursuing a degree in wildlife ecology. He has been part of the team since 2016. He collects specimen seashells and enjoys listening to drum and base music.
Corey Johnson is a student at Santa Fe College majoring in Plant Sciences. She plans to enter the field of agricultural plant pathology. She volunteers at the USGS lab with Matt Denton, using stable isotopes analysis to infer alligator and turtle diets.
Dr. Joseph C. Mitchell is a self-employed herpetologist/ecologist. He obtained a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974, a M.S. in Zoology from Arizona State University in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee in 1982. He has authored or co-authored 5 books and over 450 popular articles and scientific papers. Joe has also co-edited 2 books. He has worked on the Santa Fe River Turtle Project since 2008.
Georgia Shemitz and Pete Butt are owners of Karst Environmental Services, Inc. a company that provides specialized water resource services and scientific diving services. They assist with field activities and provide water craft and other equipment support. Their Santa Fe River residence is used by the team as a field station. Georgia takes photographs and is the webmaster for this website.
Stacie Snipes earned a BS in psychology from University of Central Florida. She volunteers at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa
doing animal husbandry. She has raised turtles and tortoises since she was big enough to walk currently and works part-time at Wayne Hill’s Turtle Farm.
Travis Thomas earned an A.A. from Santa Fe College, a B.S.in Natural Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Travis’ research focuses mainly on the ecology and management of macrofauna in riparian systems. His M.S. thesis topic is status, distribution, and home range of the Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle in the Suwannee River. He is currently employed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the Reptile and Amphibian Subsection. Travis began field research with Dr. Johnston in 2004 and was the first student to work on the Santa Fe River Turtle Project.
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