Intern Iris Kennedy working a prescribed burn of the Florida scrub. Photo Credit: Iris KennedyPhoto by: Iris Kennedy

Plant Ecology

We study the diverse flora and fungi of the Florida scrub, particularly the endangered species endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge. Our research combines ecological theory, organismal biology, and conservation to address (1) the drivers underlying population and community dynamics, (2) how conservation efforts can best support saving rare species, and (3) the unique biodiversity in the region.

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Primary Research Areas

Demographic monitoring, Fire ecology, Translocations, Population modeling, Drone imaging; collections, Invasive species, Biological control

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station, Lake Wales Ridge

People working in this program

Intern Toni Jordan-Millet collects data on the federally-endangered Garrett's Mint (Dicerandra christmanii). Photo Credit: Andee NaccaratoPhoto by: Andee Naccarato
Female flower of the Scrub Spurge (Euphorbia rosescens), a state-listed endemic species that the Plant Ecology has monitored for over two decades. Photo Credit: Christine SitPhoto by: Christine Sit
Scrub balm (Dicerandra frutescens), a federally-endangered mint found at Archbold Biological Station.  Photo Credit: Christine SitPhoto by: Christine Sit
Plant Ecology (Sept 2022): Front row Sterling Herron, Andee Naccarato. Back row Aaron David, Toni Jordan-Millet, Sriram Narasimhan, Christine Sit, Iris Kennedy. Photo Credit: George McKenziePhoto by: George McKenzie, Jr.

Featured News & Scientific Publications

Archbold Biological Station

Plant Species List

Plant List PDF
Plant Ecology


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Maxwell Hanrahan Foundation


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
University of Florida


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The Plant Ecology Program supports early-career scientists at different stages including post-baccalareate research interns and research assistants. Research assistants and interns gain skills in field ecology, experimental design, and data management. All scientists are encouraged to disseminate research via presentations, social media, newsletters, and scientific publications.