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J Alex Baecher

J Alex Baecher

PhD student, Research Assistant

Scheffers Lab @ University of Florida

About me

The good bits: I’m native to the foothills of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. These things excite me: herping, hiking, swimming & canoeing, coding & data visualization, my wife–Kristin, my dog–Ollie, cooking, and brewing kombucha. The serious bits: I am an ecologist, with training in herpetology and landscape ecology, and I have an interest in research at the interface between conservation, ecology theory, and mathematical modeling. My research is aimed at developing cutting-edge quantitative solutions to model complex data about the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. I primarily work with invasive species and species of conservation concern to determine how landscape attributes affect the dynamics and connectivity of populations, while providing management-relevant recommendations to effectively manage species.

Hopefully you’ll find some of the items on my github and website interesting or useful. Please contact me either directly through github, or through my website.


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


  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Ecology, Statistics, ~2024

    University of Florida

  • MS, Biology, 2017

    Eastern Kentucky University

  • BS, 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.

Geostatistical Modeling

Modeling the spatial dynamics of species using Bayesian geostatistical methods

Landscape Ecology

Projects related to landscape ecology

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation of Herps in the Southeastern US.

Transboundary Conservation of Biodiversity Under Climate Change

An analysis of connectivity at the transboundary interface

R sandbox

a place tutorials and fun projects