Staff & Volunteers

OUR STAFF

Steve Weege
Lead Biologist

Serge Aucoin
Biologist

Jeff Guertin
Biologist

 A native Floridian, Steve graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology.  Joining the Inwater Research Group team in 2007, he has over 10 years of experience with sea turtles.  He currently oversees sea turtle conservation at the St. Lucie Power Plant in South Hutchinson Island as a Senior Environmental Specialist. Serge Aucoin, MSc., has over 10 years of experience in a broad range of ecological research and tropical wildlife monitoring. He has worked with a number of non-governmental wildlife conservation organizations and environmental consulting firms conducting turtle survey programs in the Caribbean and Africa. Jeff graduated with a B.S. in Biology from The George Washington University in 2005 and an M.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in 2010.  During graduate school, he explored the regional differences in migratory activity by hatchling loggerhead sea turtles and the effect of reciprocal nest translocations between nests deposited on the east and west coasts of Florida. He joined the IRG team in 2010 and is interested in animal behavior and biological interactions between marine species.

Cody Mott
Biologist

Ryan Welsh
Biologist

Rebecca Mott
Education Program Manager

 Cody has worked with sea turtles since 2006 on projects ranging from raising leatherback hatchlings to training a juvenile loggerhead for a documentary film. Cody’s research interests focus on animal behavior, nearshore reef ecology, and understanding the effects of anthropogenic stressors on sea turtles. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Cody worked as a Research Assistant at FAU and as a Marine Turtle Specialist for the City of Boca Raton, Florida before starting with Inwater Research Group in 2010. Ryan received his BA in biology from Earlham College where he gained an interest in herpetology and conservation while working with Dr. John Iverson on the Allen Cays Rock Iguana in the Exumas Islands, Bahamas.  After graduating in 2003, he began his work with sea turtles.  Ryan’s work has been focused throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico collaborating with the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Laboratory and Sea Turtle, Inc.  Working with all life stages of sea turtles; Ryan has experience in research areas including mark-recapture, nest surveys, predator control, satellite tagging and rehabilitation. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2005. After school, she decided to start teaching in South Florida until she was offered a position as an English teacher in Jinan, China. She moved back to the states after a year and worked toward combining her two greatest interests: conservation and education. Since 2008, Rebecca has been dedicated to educating school children and the public on the importance of coastal conservation. She currently works as our Education Program Manager and creates all educational materials for the organization.

 

Our Part-Time Staff

Dawn Witherington

OUR VOLUNTEERS

We are fortunate to have a group of gifted and dedicated volunteers that make much of our work possible.  The enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers listed below continues to be the cornerstone of many of our inwater studies.

Brenda Boddiger

Stacy Kubis

Wanda Bresette

Karrie Minch

Meghan Koperski

Mario Mota

Eliza Gilbert

Kaitlyn Toebe

Laura Herren

Max Toebe

Shigatomo Hirama

Karen Halloway-Adkins