Ashley LaVere

M.S. Ecology
Major Advisor: Vanessa Ezenwa


B.S. Environmental Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2014.

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Ashley LaVere grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Biology. During her undergraduate studies she conducted research on mapping and characterizing ephemeral pools, performed lab work with honey bees analyzing the genetic stability of colonies, and volunteered with a herpetology education and conservation organization, The Herp Project. After graduating she became the Assistant Director of the Box Turtle Connection, a long term study of box turtle populations across North Carolina. Seeking more experience and opportunities, she joined Dr. Kimberly Andrews as a member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s (GSTC) Research Department where she served two AmeriCorps terms as a sea turtle patrol member and then as a herpetology research member. During this time, she was introduced to and given the opportunity to be involved with the on-going graduate study being conducted on gopher tortoises. Through her work on this project she developed both a curiosity of and passion for gopher tortoises. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology under the advisement of Dr. Kimberly Andrews, continuing her work with gopher tortoises, studying their behavioral ecology as it pertains to current management practices.

Research Interests
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology