Mike McCallister, MSc. is the Research Coordinator for the HBOI Fish Ecology Program, working under Dr. Matt Ajemian. Mike joined the Fish Ecology Program from the FWC Finfish lab in Marathon, FL, where he studied the ecology of tropical reef fishes; primarily snappers, groupers, and lionfish. Mike earned his BS in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami in 2007 and his MSc in Biology from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2012. Mike’s research has focused on the habitat use, foraging ecology, predator-prey interactions, and movement ecology of elasmobranchs and commercially and recreationally important teleost fishes
Breanna DeGroot, MSc. is a FEC research technician on the grouper guard project. She joined the project after graduating with her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University in 2018 while working for the FEC Lab. Prior to joining the lab, Breanna worked at Mote Marine Laboratory in both the ocean acidification and spotted eagle ray conservation program from 2013-2016. During her time at Mote she also worked as a education specialist teaching a variety of educational programs for children ages 6-15. Her primary research interests lie in the movement ecology, behavior, and conservation of fishes.
Jessie Stevens is a Fisheries Research Technician at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Jessie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at FAU in 2014, as well as a certificate is GIS mapping. Before joining the team at The Fisheries Ecology and Conservation Lab, Jessie worked at Harbor Branch’s Dolphin Research and Conservation department studying the resident bottlenose dolphin population in the Indian River Lagoon. While there she gained the skills of arbalester biopsy collection, photography, small boat handling, as well as acting as volunteer coordinator. Jessie’s research focused on a novel skin lesion seen in the population.
Jessie has a background in ocean safety. She worked many years as an ocean lifeguard/Emergency Medical Technician, as well as a PADI scuba diving instructor. Jessie has many years of animal husbandry experience, working as an aquarist at Sea Life Park, as well as volunteering with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.