Science Café at Gillespie Museum: Field Notes from Archbold Station

At this café on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., recent Stetson graduate Ethan Royal will talk about his current ecological research and reflect on a recent grad’s experiences in science and his path to graduate school.

Ethan Royal (’15, Biology) has worked on a wide variety of ecological projects, both as a field tech and a lead researcher. He is currently a visiting researcher at Archbold Biological Station, a world-renowned site and resource center dedicated to long-term ecological research. Staff, visiting investigators, and students conduct research primarily focused on the organisms and environments of Lake Wales Ridge and adjacent central Florida, including population ecology and conservation biology

Royal’s current research at Archbold examines the response of fish and larval amphibian populations in seasonal wetlands to a wide range of biotic and abiotic factors, including predator presence, pond isolation, pond elevation, pond area, vegetative cover, and water chemistry.  This is the first year of a multi-year pond sampling program designed to shed some light on how an abnormally wet year like this one affects fish and amphibian communities in normally temporary wetlands, and will allow for study of the effects of an invasive fish predator (Hemichromis letourneuxi, the African jewelfish) on native communities as it colonizes new wetlands.

In January, Royal will begin a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, working with herpetologist J.D. Willson on a project assessing the ability of timber managed loblolly pine forests to support longleaf associated herp communities (reptiles and amphibians) in northwestern Louisiana.

Join us for this conversation with a Stetson-trained ecologist. Cultural credit is available to Stetson undergraduates.  The Gillespie Museum is located at 234 E. Michigan Ave. For more information: or 386.822.7330.