nvironmental conservation and management balances human and wildlife needs and interactions while maintaining biodiversity and ecological health. From pest management and hunting regulations to restoring and protecting fisheries, PIE Center research focuses on the practices and perceptions to ensure the long-term well-being of wildlife and people alike. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.
UF Oyster Recovery Team
Faculty: Angie B. Lindsey
Staff: Kacie Pounds
The UF Oyster Recovery Team provides research on recovery strategies of the commercial oyster harvesting industry in Apalachicola Bay. The team’s initial research in 2012 provided research and assisted the community and fishery in recovery. In addition to UF researchers and communicators, partners from Florida Sea Grant, the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities project, Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, state regulatory agencies, the Northwest Florida Water Management District and representatives from the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve contributed to the report.Situation report
Conservation & management projects
Stabilizing Apalachicola Bay oyster reefsFaculty: Angie B. Lindsey Funded by: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation This five-year, $4.2 million project seeks to determine the best, most cost-effective way to rehabilitate and rejuvenate Apalachicola Bay's oyster reefs. Researchers with the UF Department of Environmental and Global Health will examine water quality and oyster health in three 10-acre plots, while the PIE Center will work with community stakeholders.
Examining Florida turkey hunters' opinions & attitudesFaculty: Joy Rumble Student: Arthur Leal Funded by: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission PIE Center researchers conducted focus groups with turkey hunters to get their perceptions of wildlife management practices, the state’s turkey population and regulations governing hunting. Researchers then followed up with additional hunters through a survey further exploring their attitudes toward regulations and management. Preliminary report Final report
UF Oyster Recovery TeamFaculty: Angie B. Lindsey The UF Oyster Recovery Team provides research on recovery strategies of the commercial oyster harvesting industry in Apalachicola Bay. The team's initial research in 2012 provided research and assisted the community and fishery in recovery. In addition to UF researchers and communicators, partners from Florida Sea Grant, the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities project, Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, state regulatory agencies, the Northwest Florida Water Management District and representatives from the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve contributed to the report. Situation report Executive summary
Measuring awareness of environmental stewardship programsFaculty: Joy Rumble, Alexa Lamm Funded by: Florida Farm Bureau Federation and UF/IFAS Extension The Florida Farm Bureau Federation launched the County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship program in 2001 with a goal to bring agricultural associations, public agencies and farmers together to increase environmental awareness on farms. PIE Center researchers gained an understanding of the effectiveness and consumer awareness of environmental stewardship programs conducted by UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Farm Bureau Federation through developing surveys, collecting data and data analysis. Final report
Florida Climate Institute communications auditFunded by: Florida Climate Institute at UF UF partners of the Florida Climate Institute, a collaboration of six universities, sought to create a website that concentrated on climate-related activities and research happening in Gainesville. Priorities for the site included the ability to update climate change data, news, events and publications, as well as a location for stakeholders to sign up for an electronic mailing list. PIE Center researchers and communicators performed a communications audit and provided a website specifications document that outlined and prototyped the structure, layout, design and content of the proposed website. Final report
Florida Pest Management Association communications auditFunded by: Florida Pest Management Association In order to communicate effectively with its internal and external audiences, the Florida Pest Management Association approached the PIE Center with interest in conducting a communications audit. The goal of an audit is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization’s communication materials and processes within the organization as well as with its stakeholders. Final report
Florida Pest Management Association membership surveyFunded by: Florida Pest Management Association In order to determine the benefits and barriers to membership in a trade association, PIE Center researchers surveyed registered pesticide applicators for their perceptions of and attitudes toward the Florida Pest Management Association. Final report