Areas of Expertise
Herpetology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Engineering
University of North Carolina Wilmington - B.S. Environmental Science focus in Engineering, Minor in Spanish
University of North Florida - M.S. Biology
I completed my B.S. in environmental science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2007 and began the engineering portion of my degree at NC State in the fall of 2007. In 2008 I finished up at NC State and moved to Florida in January of 2009. I started my M.S. in the fall of 2009 at UNF under Dr. Joe Butler studying population demographics, long term growth and nesting success of gopher tortoises as well as vegetative response to prescribed burning in northeast Florida. I am currently collaborating with a student at the University of Southern Mississippi using blood samples taken from my study population. I have also been a coach at CrossFit Ponte Vedra since November, 2011.
Gopher Tortoise Council
Society for the study of Amphibians and Reptiles
American Society of Civil Engineers
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Gopher Tortoise Council Scholarship: 2010 $540
Gopher Tortoise Council Travel Grant: 2010 $300
Transformational Learning Opportunity: 2010 $1000
UNF Graduate Scholars Program Award: 2009 $500, 2010 $300
Publications & Presentations
SOAR Symposium: “Population structure and nest success of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus), and vegetative response to prescribed burning in northeast Florida.” April 2012.
Gopher Tortoise Council: “A study of a north Florida gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population and genetic comparisons between this and a tortoise population from southern Mississippi.” October 2011.
Stars Symposium: “An ongoing study of a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population on the University of North Florida campus”. K.C. Amatuli and J.A. Butler. May 2011.
Gopher Tortoise Council: “Preliminary studies of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population at the University of North Florida campus”. K.C. Amatuli and J.A. Butler. October 2010.
UNF Campus Poster Session: “An ongoing study of a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population on UNF Campus”. K.C. Amatuli and J.A. Butler. September 2010.