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Professor Barbara Blonder

Barbara Blonder

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


  • Assessing Postfire Vegetative Changes and Implications for Management in a Northeast Florida Coastal Strand Ecosystem: Publication
  • Prey Discrimination and Electroreception in the Stingray Dasyatis sabina: Publication  
  • Offshore Recruitment of Spiny Lobster at Looe Key Reef, Florida: Publication
  • Effects of Recreational and Commercial Harvest on Spiny Lobster Abundance at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Florida: Publication


  • B.A. Zoology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology 

Area of Research:

Coastal ecosystems disturbance ecology and conservation, fire ecology, Coastal Gopher Tortoise dietary preferences, habitat requirements, and responses to disturbance events. 

Professional Profile

I've had a long career in conservation and academia, with research interests ranging from spiny lobsters to Gopher Tortoises. My recent research efforts focus on Coastal Ecosystem disturbance ecology, with particular emphasis on fire ecology and impacts of hurricanes. 

Teaching and Related Service

Classes Taught:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Life Science
  • Introduction to Biological Science
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Special Topics and Study Abroad courses
    • Coastal Adaptation

More Information

Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM