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
Archbold Biological Station, Lake Wales Ridge
People working in this program
Saving a Spiny Scrub Shrub
Establishing populations on protected lands to secure the species’ persistence
Mother Nature’s Little Helpers
Understanding the microbes underlying the Florida scrub’s biodiversity
Featured News & Scientific Publications
Microbiome-mediated response to pulse fire disturbance outweighs the effects of fire legacy on plant performance.
Using demographic findings to compare wild and translocated populations of Florida goldenaster (Chrysopsis floridana) in west-central Florida, U.S.A.