Eric Sievers, Senior Ecologist. M.S. Biology.
Eric is an ecologist with expertise in wildlife ecology, reintroduction biology, herpetology, listed species permitting, conservation biology, and geographic information systems (GIS). Previously a Gopher Tortoise Conservation Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Eric managed all gopher tortoise issues for 12 southwest Florida counties. As a survey crew leader for the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Eric conducted gopher tortoise population surveys on state conservation lands in Florida using Line Transect Distance Sampling. Originally from the Midwest, Eric has also worked for the Iowa and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Eric holds a B.A. in Biology from Luther College in Iowa, where his senior project examined the effects of plant density and size on moth larvae damage in a population of eastern leatherwood shrubs. Eric has a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and an M.S. in Biology, both from Missouri State University. His graduate research focused on the reintroduction efforts of the state-threatened ornate box turtle to a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge in Illinois. Eric was the Vice President of the Ozark Biological Graduate Society and is currently the Membership Chair for the Gopher Tortoise Council.