Elizabeth Anne Forys
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Office: 111 Sheen Science Center B
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Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology & Conservation; University of Florida
M.S. Environmental Science; University of Virginia
B.A. Environmental Sciences; University of Virginia
Conservation Biology (BI 371N), GIS for Environmental Studies (ES 341N), Environmental Biology (ES 270N)
I’m interested in protecting and recovering endangered species. To do this, it is important to understand the natural history of the species and what threatens its persistence. My current research is mainly focused on trying to protect waterbirds who nest on beaches. I work with Eckerd College students and Audubon Society volunteers to map local colonies and nests of these species using computer mapping (GIS), study what is killing them or causing them to stop nesting, and trying to work with local governments to fix these problems. Some of these species are currently nesting on the flat, gravel rooftops of buildings and we are also studying these birds. The photograph above is me in a cherry-picker counting birds on a rooftop (it was higher than I thought – can see the white knuckles?). In addition to birds, in the past I’ve studied the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Silver rice rat, Stock Island tree snail, Shaus swallowtail butterfly, gopher tortoise, and I’ve done a little bit of research mapping distributions of bottlenosed dolphins.
Kayaking, hiking, hearing good music outdoors
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
Forys, E. A. and C. R. Allen. 2005. The impacts of sprawl on biodiversity: the ant fauna of the Lower Florida Keys. Ecology and Society (formerly called Conservation Ecology). 10: 25. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol10/iss1/art25/
Forys, E. A., Abrams, M. and S. J. King. 2005. Cooper’s hawk predates on Least Tern chicks on a rooftop in Pinellas County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist. 33:
Mazzocchi A. B.* and E. A. Forys. 2005. Nesting habitat selection of the Coastal Least Tern. Florida Field Naturalist. 33:
Wyatt, J. L.* and E. A. Forys. 2005. Conservation Implications of Predation by Cuban Treefrogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) on Native Hylids in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist. 3:695–700.
DeVries, E. A.* and E. A. Forys. 2004. Loss of tar and gravel rooftops in Pinellas County, Florida and potential effects on Least Tern populations. Florida Field Naturalist. 31:1-6.
Forys, E. A., Kelly, W. B. and D. T. Ward*. 2003. Invasion Biology on your campus: investigating the red imported fire ant in the Southeastern United States. American Biology Teacher. 2003: 53-55.
Forys, E. A., and C. R. Allen. 2002. Functional group change within and across scales following invasions and extinctions in the Everglades ecosystem. Ecosystems 5:339-347.
Forys, E. A., Allen, C. R. and D. P. Wojcik. 2002. Influence of the proximity and amount of human development and roads on the occurrence of the red imported fire ant in the lower Florida Keys. Biological Conservation 108:27-33.
Herrington*, K. L. and E. A. Forys. 2002. Distribution and abundance of dolphin watching companies in Florida. Florida Scientist 65: 273–280
Forys, E. A., Quistorff*, A., Allen, C. R. and D. P. Wojcik. 2001. The likely cause of extinction of the tree snail (Orthalicus reses reses SAY). Journal of Molluscan Studies. 67: 369-376.
Forys, E. A., A. Quistorff* and C. R. Allen. 2001. Potential fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) impact on the endangered Schaus swallowtail (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Florida Entomologist. 84:254-258.
Allen, C. R., Forys, E. A., Rice, K. G. and D. P. Wojick. 2001. Effects of fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on hatching turtles and prevalence of fire ants on sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida. Potential fire ant threat to sea turtles. Florida Entomologist. 84:250-254
Wojcik, D. P., Allen, C. R., Brenner, D. A., Forys, E. A., Jouvenaz, D. P., and R. S. Lutz. 2001. Red imported fire ants: impact on biodiversity. American Entomologist 47:16-23.
Forys, E. A. 1999. Food habits of the Lower Keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri). Florida Scientist 62:106-110.
Allen, C. R., Forys, E. A. and C. S. Holling. 1999. Body Mass Patterns Predict Invasions and Extinctions in Transforming Landscapes. Ecosystems 2:114-121.
Forys, E. A. and S. R. Humphrey. 1999. The importance of patch attributes and context to the management and recovery of an endangered lagomorph. Landscape Ecology 14:177-185.
Forys, E. A. and C. R. Allen. 1999. Biological invasions and deletions: community change. Biological Conservation 87:341-347.
Forys, E. A. and S. R. Humphrey. 1999. Use of population viability analysis to evaluate management options for the endangered Lower Keys marsh rabbit. Journal of Wildlife Management 63:251-260.
Forys, E. A. and S. R. Humphrey. 1997. Comparison of 2 methods to estimate density of an endangered lagomorph. Journal of Wildlife Management 61:86-92.
Forys, E. A. and S. R. Humphrey. 1996. Home range and movements of the Lower Keys marsh rabbit in a highly fragmented environment. Journal of Mammalogy 77:1042-1048.
Forys, E. A. and N. D. Moncrief. 1994. Gene flow among island populations of marsh rice rats (Oryzomys palustris). Virginia Journal of Science 45:3-11.
Forys, E. A. and R. D. Dueser. 1993. Inter-island movements of rice rats (Oryzomys palustris). American Midland Naturalist 130:408-412.
*denotes an EckerdCollege current student or graduate