Nicole Jennings

Mentor: Dr. James Austin
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
I got involved with research because I am majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation to become a professional Wildlife Biologist. A major part of that career path involves research to be conducted in order to understand the species of concern. This way measures can be taken to conserve species that are either threatened or endangered. In order to become the biologist that I want to be I have become involved with a variety of research projects.


Wildlife Ecology and Conservation



Research Interests

  • Large Mammal
  • Avian Ecology
  • Marine Ecology

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016
  • Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship 2016
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship 2016
  • The Jennings Scholarship 2015-2016


  • CALS Leadership Institute Cohort 7
  • The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society


  • U.S. Geological Survey Sirenia Project. Help organize database photos and assist with field work.
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lab. Help to diagnose causes of death in many large mammal wildlife of Florida.
  • Avian Research and Conservation Institute. Help with intensive avian field work on the weekends.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Horse-back riding
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Research Description

Small Mammal Diversity in the Lowveld of Swaziland
The purpose of this study is to evaluate changes in rodent species diversity in response to fine and broad scale land-use heterogeneity in savanna systems. We predicted that a greater diversity of habitat types will lead to greater diversity of rodent species. With the results from this project, we hope to gain insight into whether or not fine-scale vegetative structures are influential to rodent species diversity. In addition, we hope to find whether configuration or composition of a landscape help to predict rodent diversity.