Greg Skupien is currently pursuing a Master’s in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia under the advisement of Dr. Andrews. His professional interests focus on conservation of perceived nuisance wildlife and translating biological field data into management recommendations and public awareness efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Greg is conducting his thesis work on the spatial ecology of American alligators on Jekyll Island and their use of man-made lagoons as primary habitat. Additionally, Greg is assessing human risk perceptions of alligators and the effectiveness of different educational tools in influencing these perceptions.
Greg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 where he received his B.S. in Zoology and a certificate in Environmental Studies from the Gaylord Nelson Institute. After graduating, Greg spent two years in the Peace Corps in Paraguay where he served as an Environmental Educator. In 2011, Greg began work in the Research Department at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Shortly after arriving, he initiated the Jekyll Island Alligator Project in coordination with Dr. Kimberly Andrews.