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The Biology Summer Institute incorporates five instructors who have all been trained in Biology at UCF. Instructors include:
Jennifer Elliott completed both her BS and MS in Biology at UCF with a focus on marine turtle biology, ecology, and conservation under the guidance of internationally respected marine turtle biologist Dr. Lew Ehrhart at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, FL. Upon graduation she was hired as a field biologist at the UCF Arboretum where she is now Assistant Director. Jennifer is an instructor in the UCF Biology Department where she teaches a class focused on designing and implementing relevant ecosystem based research, and the importance of communicating science. She remains involved in the continued long-term marine turtle research conducted at the Carr Refuge, now under the direction of Dr. Kate Mansfield. She has a strong passion for her work, along with a deep commitment to the importance of education, and community outreach.
John Guziejka earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at UCF and is currently a graduate student in the Conservation Biology program and a Biologist/Urban Forester for the UCF Natural Resources department.
Ray Jarrett earned a BS degree in Biology from UCF. Mr. Jarrett is currently the Coordinator of the UCF Natural Resources Programs including Urban Forestry and Land Management.
Amanda Lindsay earned a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Environmental Science from UCF. Ms. Lindsay is currently a Senior Biologist and Stormwater Specialist in the UCF Natural Resources Programs.
Terry Williamson earned an MS degree in Biology from UCF studying marine turtle biology and ecology. Mr. Williamson is the Brevard County Environmental Communications Specialist. He remains actively involved with the marine turtle research taking place on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County.
The combined education, experience, and breadth of expertise of these instructors make the Biology Summer Institute a remarkable opportunity for advanced high school students to explore real world applications of the studies of Field Biology, Ecology, and Natural Resource Conservation in a fun and educational atmosphere.