Mariana Fuentes

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mariana Fuentes

Dr. Fuentes is a marine conservation biologist, whose work provides critical scientific basis to aid the recovery of threatened marine megafauna, in particular marine turtles. Her research draws together a wide range of disciplines, and she often work closely with various stakeholders on interdisciplinary research topics and management issues. Her expertise is in integrating field-based ecology with systematic conservation planning, decision-theory approaches, climate modelling, and applied qualitative and geographic spatial analysis. She uses these tools to explore how marine megafauna, especially marine turtles, interact with environmental processes and how they are impacted by current and future disturbances. Her passion for the ocean and marine megafauna and her concerns about their future has prompted her to develop a research program that addresses real-world issues and focuses on connecting people to science for effective change. Meet the alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Ian Silver-Gorges

Dr. Armando Barsante

Ph.D. Students

Julia Saltzman

Ph.D. Candidate. More on Julia’s work can be found here.

Alexa Putilo

Ph.D. Candidate

M.Sc. Students

Hope Lovich

M.Sc. Student.

Olivia Garcia

M.Sc. Student University of Algarve, Portugal

Ana Laura Lopes

M.Sc. Student, University of Algarve, Portugal

Undergraduate Students

Carlos Jimenez

Stephanie Gkionis

Intern/Field Assitant

Arden Leedy

UROP student

Catalina Llanos

Undergraduate Student. DIS

Deindre Thomson

UROP student

Coral Hooper

Undergraduate Student. Supervised by Dr. Manning

Sophie Rosengarten

Undergraduate Student, UROP.

Megan Bullock

High School Intern

Julieta Flores

UROP student

Lauren Naccarato

WIMSE student

Carlianne Niedling

Undergraduate Student, Intern

Adela Pena

Undergraduate Student, Intern

Remi Ventura

Undergraduate Student, Intern

Kiersten Schweizer

Undergraduate Student. Intern

Aidan Perez

Undergraduate Student. DIS

Kaleb Hobson-Garcia

Undergraduate Student.

Marley Hoffman

Undergraduate Student, UROP

Lili Cea Salazar

Undergraduate Student. DIS

Lab Manager and Field Assistants

Camille Kynoch, Lab Manager
Jessica D’Auria, Lab Manager

Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in considering the Marine Turtle Research, Ecology, and Conservation Group for conducting your graduate studies at the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University.

I look for mature students who are motivated and hard-working and already have a clear idea of their research interests when they enter the program. Almost all of my past Ph.D. students completed Master’s degrees before entering the Ph.D. program or have demonstrated experience in the field.

Funding is a major determinant in acceptance into the program, so I strongly encourage anyone applying to the program to apply for an NSF graduate fellowship, and also consider the EPA STARDr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program (NOAA), and NMFS/SeaGrant Fellowship Program. Funding deadlines are usually one year before you might start your studies, so planning ahead is crucial.

Still interested in joining the lab? Contact us with the following information: (1) a CV, (2) a copy of your transcript, (3) a summary of research and field experience, and (4) a short statement of research interests.