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J Alex Baecher

J Alex Baecher

PhD student, Research Assistant

Scheffers Lab @ University of Florida

About me

I’m native to the foothills of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. Reptiles and amphibians are my primary target of scientific curiosity, because, compared to other vertebrates, their nuanced life histories provide unique opportunities for applied and ecological investigations. These things excite me: herping, hiking, swimming & canoeing, coding & data visualization, my fiancee–Kristin, my dog–Ollie, cooking, and brewing kombucha.


  • Reproducible Research
  • Ecology Theory
  • Statistics
  • Landscape & Spatial Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Conservation
  • Natural History of the Southeastern USA


  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Ecology, Statistics, ~2023

    University of Florida

  • MSc, Biology, 2017

    Eastern Kentucky University

  • BSc, Biology, 2014

    University of Arkansas



PhD Student, Research Assistant

University of Florida

Aug 2019 – Present Gainesville, FL

Conservation and Research Technician

Memphis Zoo

Jan 2018 – Jul 2019 Memphis, TN

MSc Student, Teaching Assistant

Eastern Kentucky University

Mar 2015 – Dec 2017 Richmond, KY

Research Technician

University of Arkansas

Aug 2010 – Dec 2014 Fayetteville, AR


projects I have goin’ on

Appalachian Salamander Ecology

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation of Plethodontid Salamanders

Climate-induced species redistribution

Modeling the spatial dynamics of invasive species

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation of Herpetofauna

Transboundary Conservation of Biodiversity Under Climate Change

A global analysis of transboundary range shifts