Neal Halstead, M.S., Ph.D. Integrative Biology
Neal is a community ecologist with 13 years of conservation experience in Florida. His academic areas of expertise are in experimental design and statistical analysis, with a focus on the interaction between agriculture and species conservation. He has coordinated large research projects on herpetofaunal communities in central Florida, and participated in numerous wildlife surveys for threatened species in the state. Neal’s Master’s research focused on the long-term use of prescribed fire as an effective management tool for herpetofauna. His dissertation worked developed a conceptual framework for predicting the combined effects of multiple stressors on aquatic communities and disease dynamics. During his graduate work he served as Treasurer for the Biology Graduate Student Organization, and volunteered with the Tampa Audubon Society at Lettuce Lake Park. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he was President of the Herpetology Society.