Bridget Vincent


Bridget Vincent





Bridget Vincent was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is currently determining the relationship of a morphologically distinct Croaker fish population to other populations in its genus under Dr. Eric Hoffman. She has also studied pit viper phylogenetics and systematics under Dr. Christopher Parkinson. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in marine biology.

Faculty Mentor

Eric Hoffman, PhD

Undergraduate Major


Future Plans

Biology, PhD


Title: Determining the relationship of a morphologically distinct Croaker fish individuals to other Micropogonias populations

PI: Eric Hoffman, University of Central Florida

Abstract: Two species of Croaker fish (Micropogonias undulatus and Micropogonias furnieri) coexist in the Indian River Lagoon and individuals have been observed whose species cannot be distinguished. In order to determine their identity, I will be comparing their genetic and morphometric characteristics to others in the Micropogonias genus.

Title: Pit Viper Phylogenetics and Systematics

PI: Christopher Parkinson, University of Central Florida

Abstract: This project compared different pit viper species based on their transcriptome. We used classic genetic tools, such as Sanger sequencing, to generate DNA sequences and used this data to build transcriptomes for each species. By comparing these transcriptomes, we can determine the relationship of each species to one another.

Title: The paths less traveled: Movement of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) along roads and railways.

PI: Christopher Parkinson, University of Central Florida

Abstract: Anthropogenic barriers, such as roads and railways, hinder animal movement. With this project, we found evidence to show that railroads do hinder Gopher Tortoise movement by observing their behavior within the railway and tracking the movements of those tortoises that lived nearby. We also observed their homing behavior after translocating individuals in order to determine whether or not roads acted as a corridor between suitable habitat areas.


Life Sciences

Bridget Vincent