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Changing of the Guard in the Florida Keys

It is with great sadness that we announce that Brooke Black has stepped down from her role of BTT Keys Initiative Manager. Brooke completed her duties on June 1st. Brooke has been instrumental in the strong progress of the Florida Keys Initiative during her time with BTT. Brooke has been responsible for so many aspects of the Florida Keys Initiative, activities that have been essential to success, including: communications with guides and anglers, translation of science into conservation, interaction with many resource management agencies (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Monroe County, South Florida Water Management District, and more), handling the logistics of our many scientific collaborators, helping to modify the zoning maps for the Everglades National Park plan, executing the bonefish genetics collections, taking the lead on BTT's role in Everglades restoration efforts, and so much more. From everyone at BTT, thank you, Brooke!

Welcome, Ross Boucek!

Filling Brooke's shoes as of June 1st is Ross Boucek. Ross left his position with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to join us. At FWC, Ross was part of a team that oversaw the acoustic tracking network for the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining FWC in 2016, Ross was a graduate student at Florida International University, where he completed his Ph.D. studying movement patterns of snook and other fishes in response to changes in freshwater flows. Originally from Naples, Ross is an avid angler and grew up fishing for snook and tarpon out of Chokoloskee.
 
Click here to read an article about a snook research study conducted by Ross.