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Earl  McCoy

Earl McCoy

Earl McCoy
Professor

Contact

Office: SCA 314
Phone: 813-974-5219
Lab: SCA 315
Fax: 974-3263
Email: earlmccoy@usf.edu

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Education

Ph.D., Florida State University, 1977.

Research

Ecology
Biogeography, Biostatistics, Conservation, Restoration

 My students and I study a broad range of ecological and biogeographical problems. Many of our projects relate in some way to conservation biology, either in theory or in practice. Most of our current research deals with conservation and restoration of severely threatened upland habitats, particularly sandhill and scrub, in Florida. Within this framework, my students have focused their projects on a variety of topics: structure of gopher tortoise populations, demography and autecology of sand skinks, restoration of Florida mouse populations on lands mined for phosphate, and comparative biology of common and rare frogs, for example. Other students have focused their projects on topics such as methods of ecological analysis and the composition of species' assemblages. My own research encompasses additional topics in the areas of disturbance ecology, particularly fire ecology; biogeographical theory; and the philosophical basis of ecology.

Virtually all of the research being conducted by my students is aimed at solving particular problems and, therefore, probably would be labeled "applied research" by many persons. My students are encouraged to take a broad view of ecological research, however. They are well-versed in ecological theory and practice, and most develop a useful set of computer, statistics, and modern genetics skills.

Specialty Area

Conservation Ecology

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
89272BSC 4933046How to Measure Nature
3MW

12:30pm-1:45pm

NES 102

90523PCB 6455001Statistical Ecology
Non Bio Majors CI required http://biology.usf.edu/ib/consent.aspx
3MW

12:30pm-1:45pm

NES 102

85386BSC 6910024Directed Research
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95887BSC 6932023Adv in FL Scrub Conservation
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82116BSC 7910022Directed Research
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