Gina Kent has worked for ARCI since 2000. She grew up in Wisconsin and received a B.S. in Wildlife and Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1998. Upon graduation, she served as a field biologist on various studies of birds, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals and invasive plants from New Mexico to New York and Missouri to Australia. Once hired as a seasonal field biologist on ARCI's Short-tailed Hawk project, Gina became hooked on field studies of birds in Florida. While maintaining her employment with ARCI, she earned her M.S. degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 2004 with important research on the stop-over ecology, habitat associations, and parasites of Swallow-tailed Kites. Gina’s results contributed significantly to a substantial expansion by the Mexican government of the Sian Ka’an International Biosphere Reserve, which she documented as the most important stop-over site on the swallow-tail’s 8,000 kilometer southbound migration.Gina became Research Ecologist and Coordinator for ARCI in 2004, assuming field duties of finding and monitoring nests, climbing nest trees, trapping, radio tagging, and tracking birds as part of the organization’s studies of nesting ecology, habitat selection, demography, migration, and conservation biology for over a dozen species. Gina writes proposals and reports, manages telemetry datasets, conducts GIS and data analyses, and hires, trains, and supervises field technicians.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Avenue, Holly Hill. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. A brief business meeting follows.