Lab Members

Director

Dr. Bransford has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology. His past work is primarily with wild primates, having studied a variety of species in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Dr. Bransford joined Eckerd College in Fall 2020 and is very much looking forward to working with students both in the Tampa Bay area and abroad! He is originally from San Antonio, TX. Growing up he spent much time in West Texas, and was particularly fascinated with the bat species of the arid desert. Now, he enjoys exploring the much-more-tropical habitats around the Tampa Bay region (both by land and kayak, as seen above). Contact Dr. Bransford:

bransftd [at] eckerd.edu

Courtney Cryan

Lab Manager and

Project Lead

Courtney is a Senior at Eckerd, majoring in Animal Studies with minors in Biology and Leadership. She is from Millbury, Massachusetts, and has always loved animals. Courtney has dreamed of working with them since she was younger. Through her research, she has gained an interest for both marine and terrestrial species. Being scuba certified has given her a chance to get up close to the amazing marine environment. Her goal is to become a wildlife biologist with a focus on conserving marine species. She is excited to learn a lot from this research and gain the experiences needed for the future. Check out Courtney's 2022 Eckerd Research Symposium presentation!

Project: Tuanan Camera Traps

Taylor Fisher

Social Media Coordinator

Taylor is a double major in Psychology and Animal Studies. She is from Swansea, Illinois and has grown up surrounded by a ton of furry friends. Taylor knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals for the rest of her life. Her love for animals started at the St.Louis Zoo and Grant’s Farm where she would visit multiple times every summer. Throughout high school, she volunteered at her local humane society and helped watch and walk dogs in her neighborhood. Taylor is so excited to start her work with the CBLab! She hopes to eventually pursue a career specializing in animal behavior.

Project: ZooTampa Orangutan Behavior, Lemur Foraging at LCF


Aubree Fisher

Project Lead

Aubree is a Junior at Eckerd majoring in Animal Studies and minoring in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She grew up in Orlando, Florida around diverse animal-related opportunities. Aubree has a passion for animal care and wants to branch out and gain experience working in a wide variety of animal settings. She hopes to research the behavioral differences between individuals in and out of managed care and how we can use these differences to foster better environments for animals aided by humans. She uses these topics to educate and inspire people to conserve the natural environment. Aubree is thrilled to work in the CBLab and continue her path towards her goals. Check out Aubree's 2021 Eckerd Research Symposium presentation and 2022 presentation!

Project: Fort De Soto Camera Traps

Charlotte Baird

Student Researcher

Charlotte is a rising senior at Eckerd majoring in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and is passionate about working with and studying wildlife. Charlotte has interned at various animal shelters, a nature center, and a veterinary clinic. She has always loved apes and monkeys, and hopes to pursue a career in primatology. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Eckerd CBLab and looks forward to the opportunities it will bring! This photo was taken at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Thailand where Charlotte was fortunate enough to study elephant husbandry and veterinary care.

Project: Lemur Bootcamp

Nancy Strever

Project Lead

Nancy Strever is a junior Animal Studies and Biology double major with a minor in Marine Science. Nancy’s interest in animal research was sparked by her many pets and love of travel. While at Eckerd, Nancy has completed a Zoo Research Fellowship with Lory Park Zoo in South Africa and a Behavioral Research Internship at ZooTampa where she studied correlations between primate behavior and visitor levels. In addition to working in the CBLab, Nancy is also a lab manager of the Comparative Psychology Lab and is a chair on the Pet Life board at Eckerd. Nancy is currently working on the lemur cognition project through the CBLab and hopes to study primate behavior and cognition in the future.

Project: Lemur Bootcamp

Faith Guinn

Student Researcher

Faith is majoring in Marine Science with minors in Animal Studies, Anthropology, and Chemistry. She is from Seymour, Indiana, and has always been passionate about working with animals. Over the years Faith has visited many different zoos and aquariums learning about different roles in animal care. In the future, she hopes to conduct animal behavior research and is especially interested in gorillas and sharks. Faith is excited about this research program and hopes that this opportunity will give her insight into possible career paths.

Project: ZooTampa Orangutan Behavior

Past and Honorary Members:

Katie Willgohs, Honorary (Class of 2021)