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Kelly O'Connor

Kelly graduated with her MSc in the fall of 2015, with her thesis focusing onhabitatuseandsurvival of New England and eastern cottontails, as well as using camera trap data to describe mammalian activity patterns. Broadly speaking, Kelly is interested in how wildlifepopulations interactwith their environment, and how they're affected by changes in their surrounding landscape. She is also interested in looking more closely at how we as humans impact wildlife behavior and population dynamics, particularlythrough alteration and management of habitat.



After graduation, Kelly went on to work as a wildlife biologist within the Protected Species division of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. During her time with the FWCC, she helped implement listing status changes for a variety of imperiled species in Florida, including Panama City crayfish, Barbour’s map turtles, and smooth-billed ani. As of July 2016, she is working as a research assistant in the herpetology lab of Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida. Her research focuses on population demographics and juvenile occupancy of gopher tortoises, as well as the use of tortoise burrows by the federally endangered indigo snake.


Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087