Odum School of Ecology, UGA
Greg Skupien is currently pursuing a Masterís in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia under the advisement of Dr. Kimberly Andrews. Greg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 where he received his B.S. in Zoology and a certificate in Environmental Studies. In 2011, Greg began work in the Research Department at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where he began the Jekyll Island Alligator Study in coordination with Dr. Andrews. His thesis work will focus on the spatial ecology of American alligators on Jekyll Island and their use of human-made lagoons as primary habitat. Additionally, Greg is assessing human risk perceptions of alligators and the effectiveness of different educational tools in influencing these perceptions. Further, Andrews and Skupien are collaborating with Drs. Gary Mills and Tracey Tuberville to identify contaminants present in stormwater lagoons and in the tissues of American alligators inhabiting golf courses on Jekyll Island.
His professional interests focus on conservation of perceived nuisance wildlife and translating biological field data into management recommendations and public awareness efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
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