Christine Bitzer-Jaffe (UG)

Email: christy270@knights.ucf.edu

I'm a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida. My research interests include several areas of conservation biology, such as landscape ecology and restoration, management of invasive species, molecular genetics of threatened populations, and conservation of keystone species. I am specifically interested in the role of insects as a crucial food source and intermediary between plant life and higher trophic levels.

My research in the Song Lab includes genetic and observational studies on Florida's threatened endemic Rosemary Grasshopper (Schistocerca ceratiola), and I am studying its phylogeny, role in the sandhill ecosystem, and possible coevolution with its host species Sandhill-rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides).