Julie was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a focus in the Human Dimension from the University of Florida. She worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for four years before beginning her M.S. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at UF. Julie’s passion is working directly with private landowners in managing wildlife on their land, with a special interest in wildlife species that thrive on human altered landscapes. Today she works as an environmental consultant at Chastain-Skillman in Lakeland, Florida. She is conducting her research on the effects of disturbance on Florida burrowing owl behavior and nest success on habitually disturbed habitat.
In her free time, Julie enjoys fishing, boating, camping, live music, painting, soccer, and spending time with friends, family, and her spoiled rotten lab, Hank.