James Nifong, Ph.D.

James Nifong, Ph.D.

Email: ncboy@ufl.edu

Position and Affiliation

Data Management Analyst, UF - Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Areas of Interest

Herpetology; predator-prey interactions; wildlife ecology and conservation; food web ecology; stable isotope ecology; animal movement and behavior; invasive species management; coastal ecosystems; community ecology

Education

B.Sc. Zoology, minor: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Florida, 2014

Project Involvement

James is currently providing support through data management and analysis for a variety of projects, including Crocodilian Population Ecology, Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP), and the Python Elimination Program.

Select Publications

Silliman, B.R., Q. He, C. Angelini, M.L. Kirwan, J. Butler, J.C. Nifong, and J. van de Koppel (2019) Field Experiments and Meta-analysis Reveal Wetland Vegetation as a Crucial Element in the Coastal Protection Paradigm. Current Biology 29 (11): 1800-1806.e3.

Nifong, J.C., and R.H. Lowers (2017) Reciprocal intraguild predation between American alligators, Alligator mississippiensis Daudin 181801, and Elasmobranchii in the southeastern United States. Southeastern Naturalist 16(3): 383-396.

Nifong, J.C., and B.R. Silliman (2017) Abiotic Factors Influence the Dynamics of Marine Habitat Use by a Highly Mobile "Freshwater" Top Predator. Hydrobiologia 802: 155-174.

Nifong. J.C. (2016) Living on the edge: Trophic ecology of Alligator mississippiensis Daudin 1801 (American alligator) with access to a shallow estuarine impoundment. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 54(2): 13-49.

Rosenblatt, A.E., J.C. Nifong, M.R. Heithaus, F.J. Mazzotti, M.S. Cherkiss, B.M. Jeffery, R.M. Elsey, R.A. Decker, B.R. Silliman, L.J. Guillette Jr., R.H. Lowers, and J.C. Larson (2015) Factors affecting individual foraging specialization and temporal diet stability across the range of a large-bodied, "generalist" apex predator. Oecologia 178(1): 5-16. doi:10.1007/s00442-014-3201-6

Nifong, J.C., B.R. Silliman, and C. Layman (2015) Size, sex, and individual-level behavior drive intra-population variation in cross-ecosystem foraging of a top-predator. Journal of Animal Ecology 84(1): 35-48. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12306

Nifong, J. C., R. L. Nifong, B. R. Silliman, R. H. Lowers, L. J. Guillette Jr., J. M. Ferguson, M. Welsh, K. Abernathy, and G. Marshall (2014) Animal-borne imaging reveals novel insights into the foraging behaviors and diel activity of a large-bodied apex predator, the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). PLOS ONE 9(1): e83953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083953

Nifong, J.C., and B.R. Silliman (2013) Impacts of a large-bodied, apex predator (Alligator mississippiensis Daudin 1801) on salt marsh food webs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 440(2013): 185-191. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2013.01.002