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Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7211
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: WH - 218
My background spans the disciplines of biology and interdisciplinary studies. I’ve applied these interests to problems concerning impacts of stressors on organisms and systems. I’m currently doing three research projects that I welcome student participation. They are 1. studying gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) populations, habitat and relocation success; 2. Water quality in local waterways, working to decipher the sources and influences of non-point source pollution in our local outstanding Florida waterways (studying the community of San Carlos Park specifically in collaboration with Lee Environmental labs); and examining the way students learn biology using graphic and text.
In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring various students on projects of their own design. Please send me a note or give a call to talk about how we might collaborate.
Web pages: http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/ndemers/demers.html
How do organisms respond to habitat changes?
How much gopher tortoise habitat has been “lost” in our 5 county service region since the last report (in the 1980’s)? How many tortoises have been relocated to where, with what success? I have a dataset of incidental take permits from FFWC- we need to put them into a GIS map and overlay the preserve areas.
Hypothesis: Students who complete a guided water activity using models, and subsequently prepare a storyboard will have better retention of the important concepts surrounding the qualities of water that make it important in understanding life.
I am also willing to mentor projects of student design that are related to my interests. Feel free to stop by my office of contact me by e-mail to talk about your research interests.
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000 or (800) 590-3428