Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Major Professor: Dr. Josh Patterson
Shelly Krueger is a PhD student at the UF School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences with Dr. Josh Patterson. Shelly is also the Florida Sea Grant agent in Monroe County for UF/IFAS Extension. Her research interests are sponge restoration aquaculture for both commercially and ecologically important shallow-water sponge species in the Florida Keys. Shelly is studying species-specific nutrient cycling, donor survival, and the seasonality of reproduction for sheepswool sponge Hippospongia lachne and loggerhead sponge Spheciospongia vesparium.
Shelly received her BS from Georgia Tech and MS from Savannah State University in Marine Sciences where she was a NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center Fellow and her thesis focused on Eastern oyster restoration in coastal Georgia. Shelly was a Knauss Fellow and spent one year at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service assisting staff to implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Shelly spent one summer interning at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota where she really enjoyed rearing seahorse fry.