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Sustainability in site and land development, community design, and water conservation in the landscape
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Dr. Alison Adams' interests are in the environment and natural resources, grassroots community organizing, and social and environmental justice. She uses sociological concepts to examine environmental and social change, particularly as it relates to issues of social movement resistance, environmental risk, elite social control, and gendered activism. The research questions that drive this work ask how communities and organizations can challenge patterns of environmental inequality and how citizens democratically participate in environmental decision-making.
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Dr. Carrie Reinhardt Adams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, is developing an Introduction to Ecological Restoration class for undergraduates and is developing a graduate course in Restoration Ecology and a new track in the Environmental Horticulture major on Conservation and Restoration Horticulture. Research focuses on restoration of plant communities in natural and semi-natural landscapes, addressing basic ecological questions with experiments in a restoration context. Extension program strives to connect the native plant industry with restorationists and land managers in Florida.
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My research employs economic and policy analytic tools to evaluate the impacts of policies on natural resources and the environment, human welfare (e.g., enjoyment) from natural systems, and the bio-economy.
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Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, does research and teaching aimed at understanding the geomorphic evolution of landscapes that result from the interaction of coastal, fluvial, and tectonic processes. Primary methods include real-time instrumentation to examine physical processes, digital elevation analyses to examine landscape form, and numerical modeling to link process and form together.
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The main thrust of his research is in the development of quantitative assessment models aimed at improving the management of natural populations in the face of uncertainty. His research to date has ranged from developing simple single species assessments through to global ecosystem models. In addition to his modeling work Dr. Ahrens maintains a keen interest in exploring exploitation by humans as a selective force and the population level consequences of such selection.
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Population dynamics and ecology of important freshwater fishes
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Dr. Anantharam's research interests are in the fields of nationalism and feminism in South Asia, women's movements, food and cultural studies. She is currently working on the issue of Domesticity and Food Politics and is specifically interested in how women selectively participate in global politics through reinventing and reimagining the home as a space of resistance and revolution.
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Dr. Michael Andreu, Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, works on forest systems ecology. Conducting research on best management practices for fuel reduction and prescribed burning in ponderosa pine forests, biodiversity enhancement in Douglas-fir and loblolly pine plantations, and bio-energy resources in the Apalachicola National Forest. Teaches several courses in the Natural Resource conservation major at the Plant City campus, including dendrology, restoration ecology, and natural resources sampling. Also developing an extension program for forest landowners on the urban-wildland interface.
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Dr. Angelini is conducting research focused on the effects of top predator expansion on nearshore ecosystems on the West Coast of the US, the role of habitat-modifying organisms in shaping marine and terrestrial food webs, interactions among drought and invasive grasses in driving the collapse of Florida grassland biodiversity, as well as a number of other community and conservation ecology related topics.
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Decision-making under environmental law and the intersection of science and law. Thomas T. Ankersen is an attorney and Assistant in Law at the Center for Governmental Responsibility in the University of Florida College of Law where he teaches and conducts research on a wide variety of domestic and international environmental law and policy issues. He directs the Center's Mesoamerican Environmental Law Program, a program of applied research, policy development and training that lends supports to governmental and non-governmental organizations in Central America and Mexico. He recently launched the Center's Conservation Law Initiative, a pilot effort supported by the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and designed to focus on the development of innovative legal and policy instruments and institutions to promote conservation in the United States and abroad. In Florida, Ankersen has focused his efforts in the area of coastal law and policy, water law, and legal issues associated with protection of biological diversity. He also serves as a faculty advisor to the College of Law's annual Public Interest Environmental Conference. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Florida's Center for Latin American Studies.
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Water resources, Subsurface Remediation, Wetland Hydrology, Dry Cleaner Site Remediation,
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population genetics, systematics, phylogeography, and conservation genetics
Cross appointed between Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
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Contemporary Environmental Implications of Subsoil Morphology in Spodosols and Ultisols, Drivers and Implications of Inter- and Intra-horizon Variability of Subsoil C Cycle, Geochemical and Geophysical Signatures of Weathering, Utilization of Soil Taxonomy to Predict Soil Physical Properties
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I am interested in how ecological communities assemble, maintain, change, and collapse. I use quantitative models, experimental manipulations, and observational experiments to explore how anthropogenic change influences the structure and dynamics of communities at the local scale and how this translates to changes in large-scale biodiversity patterns. My research currently focuses on three major areas: modeling ecological networks, the food web of the northern pitcher plant, and biotic homogenization-species composition and traits of globalized biota.
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Physiology and ecology of marine and freshwater invertebrates, especially bivalves
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Land and geographic information systems
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Determinism of the spatial distributions of animal species, from a fine scale (movement models) to a large scale (distribution in the landscape) in relation to the habitat and other species. Primarily studies large vertebrates, such as wood storks and sea turtles in Florida.
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Dr. Vandana Baweja, Assistant Professor of Architecture, has research interests in colonial art, architecture, and urbanism in Southern Asia, histories of sustainable architecture, and cities and architectures of empires. She is developing a new graduate course in Global Sustainable Architecture.
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Stormwater Management, Water Quantity and Quality Issues, Low Impact Development, Sustainable Urban Development to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution
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Research in my lab focuses on marine disease ecology and epidemiology, the resilience and restoration of marine communities impacted by human or natural disturbances, and the ecology and behavior of marine invertebrates.
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"Environmental stress physiology of agronomic crop plants; effects of water deficits on the physiology, growth, development and yield of agronomic crops; adaptation of crops to environmental stresses; genetic, morphological and physiological characteristics relating to crop avoidance or tolerance of water deficits; crop water relations; nitrogen fixation; photosynthate accumulation and partitioning; evapotranspiration; stomatal activity; techniques for measuring plant water status"
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Phosphorus Biogeochemistry, Role of Biological Transformations in Soils and Sediments, Internal Loading of Nutrients Across Soil-Water Interface, Improving Soil Health and Fertility in Depleted Areas
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"Geographic information systems and remote sensing applications in environmental systems paleoecology, paleolimnology and paleoclimatology land-water interactions landscape dynamics, especially land-cover/land-use change"
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Biology of sea turtles; comparative nutritional ecology of herbivores with emphasis on how and to what extent nutrition acts as a controlling mechanism on their biology--particularly on their growth and reproductive output
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Understanding the diversity, evolution, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles
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Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Emerging Pathogens Institute with expertise in the disease ecology of Bacillus anthracis relative to wildlife and livestock. Research interests include: disease ecology, wildlife diseases, ecological modeling (niche and distributional), GIS, advanced methods in spatial analysis, biogeography, wildlife telemetry, disease surveillance, and field methods for spatial epidemiology
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My research focuses on the structure and organization of tropical bird communities. I am particularly interested in temporal and spatial patterns of diversity, population dynamics, and effects of habitat alterations on bird populations. Much of my current research focuses on several species of manakins (Pipridae).
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Research interests include Bayesian statistics, computational statistics, design of computer experiments, engineering applications, environmental applications, high-dimensional data modeling, inverse problems, Monte Carlo methods, spatial statistics, spatio-temporal modeling.
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My overall research interests are to understand how species/functional group composition and forest structure will respond to climate change and the effects of these responses on ecosystem functioning. I am particularly interested in landscape level patterns, which has led me to use remote sensing data extensively.
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Spatial relationships and variability of responses at multiple scales; relationships of forest stand regeneration, residual vegetation, and site factors across the landscape after both natural disturbance and forest management activities.
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Primate behavior, ecology, social evolution, and communication, Neotropics
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Biology of sea turtles with emphasis on the early pelagic stage, migratory patterns, and demography.
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"Biogeochemistry; the cycling, regulation, and biological role of trace metals and nutrients; fate and transport of pollutants in aquatic systems and sediments, trace metal speciation and dynamics, isotope tracers of hydrologic and geologic processes."
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Assistant Professor of Food and Resource Economics, works in water economics and policy. Her recent research is in the areas of cost-benefit analyses of water polices, water-quality credit trading, economics of aquaculture development, and watershed valuation and planning.
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Active research projects focus on Wood Storks and include monitoring and telemetry studies, as well as spatial modeling.
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Involved with the Sustainable Rangeland Ecosystem program, which focuses on promoting the conservation, maintenance, and improvement of rangelands. Focuses on using satellite and aerial imagery to improve range management, the effects of invasive feral swine, and coyote conflicts.
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Dr. Boyer’s research focuses on aquatic chemistry and water treatment. Specifically his research aims to develop engineering approaches to treating water throughout its lifecycle to improve sustainability and reduce potential impacts.
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"Role of native herbivores in structuring plant and animal communities and controlling ecosystem processes, landscape structure and the dynamics of animal populations"
Habitat effects of spatial and temporal distribution of prescribed burns
Wildlife response to landscape structure
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Archaeologist; Africa food domestication
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I am a limnologist/paleolimnologist with special interests in tropical and subtropical lakes and watersheds. My research and teaching address interactions among climate, environment, and humans.
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Dr. Broadbent is involved in projects linking social sciences with forest ecology, conservation biology and remote sensing, including current projects investigating feedbacks between soil fertility and land use decision making in the context of rapid infrastructure development in the Amazon and linking land use change with water quality and biodiversity in Costa Rica.
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Developing countries and regional economic cooperation. International political economy, international politics, and U.S. foreign policy
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"Environmental planning, impact assessment, and public policy, modeling of systems of humanity and nature". Ecological engineering, energy analysis, environmental planning, environmental impact assessment, environmental and public policy, modeling of systems of humanity and nature.
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Dr. Brumback conducts research dealing with statistics and modeling in public health and medicine. She also collaborates on public health and medical studies that investigate reproductive epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, community health, and clinical trials in children's oncology.
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"Tropical conservation, plant ecology, demographic modeling, plant-animal interactions, and mutualisms"
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Dr. Brym’s research and extension program explores how production systems can remain profitable while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. His projects focus on the role of biodiversity and scale in agroecosystems, the distribution and management of invasive plant and pest species, and the impacts of management practices on crop production and environmental conservation. His work recommends data-supported adaptive management practices across commodities to address local and regional challenges to crop production.
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"Training for Agents and County Directors on issues such as water policy education, impacts of new agricultural technologies, and food security and equity"
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Habitat associations and host plant relations of grasshoppers; development of control practices for grasshoppers on all crops
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Interpretation of natural systems for land use and resource planning; global landscape planning using GIS; and greenways planning, design and management
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Sea turtle ecology and conservation
Physiological and behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians: : :
wetland ecosystems, with special interests in nesting ecology of sea turtles
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Anthropology of the State, Political Economy, Globalization, Commodities, Materiality, Infrastructure, Development, Bureaucracy, Borders, Interdisciplinary, African Studies
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Frank Chapman's main area of interest is in the reproductive biology and larval development of aquatic organisms, particularly of ornamental (aquarium) fish and ancient fish species such as sturgeon. His laboratory activities focus on the applications of reproductive biology and early development to aquaculture, fishery management, and conservation.
Three major areas of his research include: (1) broodstock development - the regulation of gametogenesis and sexual maturation, (2) environmental physiology - physiological adaptations in broodstock and early life stages of fish to their culture environment including nutrition, and (3) experimental culture - identification of biological and physiological parameters critical for culture of aquatic organisms.
Chapman conducts educational demonstrations and workshops and provides direct assistance to commercial aquaculture farmers to develop energy-efficient systems for fish production
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Conducts research on ecology and management of weeds, including tolerance of weeds to chemical and non-chemical control methods, biological bases of that tolerance, and management of weeds in horticultural crop systems. Current projects emphasize weed management in organic crop systems and nutsedge control in polyethylene-mulched vegetables.
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Dr. Brian Child, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Center for African Studies, does research on the comparative ecology and economics of wildlife and livestock in southern Africa. Teaching courses in the Political Ecology of Conservation in Africa and Management of Protected Areas in Africa and the Americas.
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"Fisheries management, fish ecology, stream ecology"
Fisheries Management: : :
Fish Ecology: : :
Quantitative fisheries: : :
Pond Management: : :
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"Wetland nutrient assimilation and storage processes, vegetative succession dynamics, wetland macrophyte ecophysiology, and ecological engineering design using wetland processes to improve water quality and enhance ecological function of altered landscapes"
wetlands: vegetation: ecology: biogeochemistry
stormwater: wetlands: water quality: alternative design
treatment wetlands: stormwater: wastewater:
vegetation: succession: ecophysiology:
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Watershed-scale management of soil, water, wetland and forest resources, reflectance spectroscopy for assessment of soil and plant quality for improving spatial targeting of natural resource management intervention at the landscape scale, application of remote sensing and GIS to natural resource management, development of dynamic simulation models that link hydrology, geology, ecology and human activities, and environmental accounting for quantitative ecological valuation and decision making.
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Evolutionary developmental biology, molecular development of vertebrate external genitalia, evolution of vertebrate limb development, and developmental genetic mechanisms of vertebrate skeleton evolution.
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computer simulation models of populations and physiological and ecological processes for southern pines and Florida ecosystems
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Screening and evaluating insect natural enemies for biological control of invasive weeds
biological control: weeds: insects:
weed biocontrol: aquatic: wetland: terrestrial
IPM: insect biocontrol: weed biocontrol:
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"Environmental education; program/curriculum development, implementation and evaluation"
Environmental education: Issue investigation and evaluation: Outdoor Education:
Curriculum: Development: Implementation: Evaluation
Camp Management and Facilities Operations
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Conservation biology of imperiled butterflies, approached through population ecology; Director of the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network
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Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Statistics, does research on Bayesian methodology and biostatistics. He has a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Professions. One of our students has already requested him to be on his supervisory committee.
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Associate Professor of Soil and Water Science, is located at the Everglades Research and Education Center and does research on soil and water quality, phosphorus chemistry and transformation in organic soils, development and implementation of best management practices to reduce phosphorus leaching in soils and transport into surface waters in the Everglades, subsidence of organic soils in the Everglades, and computer simulation of crop growth and development.
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environmental history, Florida history, history of the modern U.S. South
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Director of The Center for Latin American Studies; Research interests include land policy, agrarian reform, and gender issues in Latin American agricultural development
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Zooarchaeology and environmental anthropology, coastal adaptations, and historical archaeology in the southern U.S., the Caribbean, and the central Andes.
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Dr. Deitch’s research interests include ecological implications of water management at reach-and catchment-scales, as well as how science can inform policy to advance sustainable water resource management. His research has been used to develop new policies and practices to improve aquatic ecosystem sustainability.
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Water Chemistry: Water Quality: :
Contaminant Fate: : :
ground water and surface water quality; Water Resources Sustainability; Industrial Ecology
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ecotoxicology and risk assessment; toxicogenomics; endocrine disruptors, using fish as a model to define mechanisms by which contaminants affect the endocrine system; synthesis of endogenous hormones mainly at the level of Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory (StAR) Protein and how contaminants may interact directly with fish estrogen receptors to affect gene expression, developing and using microarrays for gene expression experiments
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Photogrammetry and remote sensing
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ecology and management of reptiles and amphibians
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Dr. Donohoe is a geographer strongly placed in natural resource and environmental management but with a dedicated interest in tourism and leisure.
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irrigation and drainage engineering, water quantity and quality issues, crop consumptive use, and Best Management Practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution
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Dr. Ellis conducts research investigating estuarine and near-shore marine subaqueous soils that support seagrasses. This research involves subaqueous habitat restoration, characterizing physical and chemical properties of soils that support seagrasses, and documenting how soil morphologies relate to seagrass species, density, and geography. Dr. Ellis’ expertise is essential to the management of these estuarine systems.
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Dr. Emery is the curator responsible for the Environmental Archaeology Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She is an environmental archaeologist who specializes in ancient Mesoamerican peoples and environments. Her research links archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, and geoarchaeological data to reconstruct ancient human/environment relationships. Dr. Emery has worked in Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala for 15 years.
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Dr. Enloe's research interests are associated with urban soils and urban ecology, with an emphasis on biogeochemistry, plant productivity and soil pedology. Her current research focuses on the impact of land use change on nutrient cycling in subtropical forests and lawns along the Florida panhandle.
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Dr. Enloe's research focus is terrestrial and aquatic invasive plant biology, ecology, and management. He is interested in both developing new methods and refining existing treatment methods that maximize invasive plant control and minimize non target impacts. His research is also directed at developing eradication protocols for incipient infestations of aggressive, invasive plants. In addition to his research, his invasive plant extension program covers a number of very diverse audiences within the state, including State and Federal Agencies, commercial and private applicators, pond and land managers, and the general public.
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My research focus is the study of nutrient, water, and carbon cycling of crops and cropping systems as affected by environmental conditions, management practices, diseases and crop traits.
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Morgan Ernest is an empirical community ecologist and macroecologist by training, and is interested in the intersection of theoretical and empirical ecology. She is in charge of the Portal Projects’s collection of rodent and weather datasets. Her research interests include understanding how communities respond to perturbations such as climate fluctuations, habitat change, and the colonization and extinction of dominant species.
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Urban forestry; Environmental and community functions of urban forests and the effects of urbanization, fire and hurricanes on natural systems near urban areas
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He is interested in landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation, habitat selection by animals in changing landscapes, consequences of habitat restoration, and species distribution models.
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Environmental justice, community-based participatory research, immigrants and refugees in Florida, built environments among low-income populations and other poverty-related issues.
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Assistant Professor of Food and Resource Economics, is interested in econometrics/applied econometrics, labor economics, and monetary economics. Current projects involve estimation of causal effects and their applications, estimation of spatial sample selection models and their applications, the economics of education and training programs.
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Research in the Flory Lab is focused broadly on understanding the ecology of biological invasions, including the community and ecosystem consequences of invasions, interactions between invasions and fire, evolution of introduced species, and accumulation of pathogens.
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Decision-making under environmental law and the intersection of science and law.
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Veterinary medicine of aquatic animals
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Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Design, Construction and Planning in Environmental Planning. Possesses expertise in: Ecosystem Management, Collaboration, and Water; Affiliated with the UF Water Institute
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Director for the School of Natural Resources and Environment
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Field and lab studies on ecology of wetland vertebrates and their environment, with an aim towards better management, conservation, and restoration of wetland ecosystems
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In the Department of Food and Resource Economics, has expertise in market research, consumer behavior, applied econometrics and quantitative methods. Current research projects include a
Florida-Spain partnership for strengthening organic agriculture research and education, marketing opportunities and alternative production methods to enhance
prosperity for small to medium sized southeastern blueberry farms, and
determining consumer preferences for fresh Florida citrus.
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The research aims to better understand the cycles of carbon nitrogen and other nutrients in land ecosystems using modeling tools.
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Dr. Gettys serves as the aquatic plants lead for South Florida in cooperation with weed science faculty in the Agronomy department and the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in Gainesville. She conducts applied and basic research on the biology, physiology, ecology and integrated control methods for aquatic and wetlands weeds.
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sugarcane cultivar development and agronomic monitoring through on-farm trials in the Everglades Agricultural area
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Mechanisms that control animal survival, growth, and reproduction in individual organisms and their relevance to the structure and function of communities and ecosystems; controls on individual metabolism, links of individual metabolism to ecosystem processes, and links of individual metabolism to evolutionary dynamics and patterns of biodiversity.
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wildlife education and management, human dimensions of wildlife conservation, and integrating wildlife management into other land-uses
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Dr. Glass works in a joint appointment with Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) and the Geography Department. His focus is on zoonotic infectious agents and their emergence and persistence in human populations. His research draws from the studies of medicine, geography and environmental science and explores the spatio-temporal patterns of diseases and the practical implications of these patterns in human dimensions. Dr. Glass' most recent work has focused on rodent-borne viruses (Hantavirus, Coronavirus Dengue virus), bacteria (Leptospira, Borrelia), rickettsiae (Ehrlichia) and malaria. In addition to traditional field and laboratory studies he has integrated statistical spatial models for disease risk assessment in a spatially explicit format using geographic information systems (GIS). Dr. Glass' interdisciplinary work allows for a holistic and well informed approach to tackling disease risk in the global human population.
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Mr. Martin Gold, Associate Professor of Architecture, has over ten years of experience in design, teaching and research specializing in the environmental technologies with an emphasis on infrastructural, multifamily and residential projects responsive to the climate and character of the Florida landscape. Teaches graduate and undergraduate design studio, lecture and seminar courses and supervises master and doctoral projects that advance research based environmental design and sustainable methodologies with a focus on acoustics and illumination. Mr. Gold is beginning a part-time appointment with the SNRE to advance the proposals for the Institute for Integrative Land Use.
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Tropical agriculture and agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa, African geography and development; environment and development; cultural and political ecology; ethnic conflicts, resources, and development
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Conservation, population biology, rare species, invasive non-native species, restoration of longleaf pine systems
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Dr. Erica Goss’ research is on the origins, evolution, population genetic structure and migration of plant pathogens. Dr. Goss is also interested in the molecular evolution of virulence and host range as it relates to the emergence of new pathogens.
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"Subsurface solute transport, groundwater resources evaluation, stochastic hydrology and remediation"
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Research interests include bioeconomic modeling, economically optimal pest control across time and space, adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, and natural resource economics in general. Uses dynamic and spatial models to address pest management, the use of biological control, and risk management.
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"Soil landscape analysis, three-dimensional reconstruction and visualization of soil landscapes, spatial modeling, GIS applications, land resource management, and water quality"
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Dr. Guralnick’s research focuses on what causes spatiotemporal changes in genetic and species diversity. He takes an integrative approach to global change biology.
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Dr. Glenn Hall, Professor of Entomology and Nematology, does research on ecology, conservation, and pollinator roles of native bees in natural plant communities and in farms (mainly organic farms) across Florida.
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Richard Hamann is an Associate in Law with the Environmental Studies Division where he specializes in water law, environmental law, and environmentally sensitive ecosystems. Internationally, he works on CGR's projects in Central America. He also teaches "Environmental Law: Water, Wetlands and Wildlife," "Water Law Seminar" and "Wetlands Law and Policy" and "Florida Ecosystems: Ecology, Management and Law" in the College of Law. He has conducted research and published extensively on a wide variety of environmental, land use and water management issues. Current research interests include the management of large scale ecosystems for ecological sustainability, the protection of natural systems in water management, and the development of protected areas systems and basin management in Latin America
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Dr. Harder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. She studies academic development for extension and advisory services. Dr. Harder's work spans both domestic and international levels. Her research focuses on agricultural education methodologies, and includes models of cultural adaptation to place projects in a global context. Dr. Harder has broad and in-depth knowledge of international extension systems as well as the appropriate needs assessments necessary to run them successfully.
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Mineral stability and transformations in soils and sediments; properties and reactivity's of minerals; mineral distributions as related to stability and genetic processes; and soil properties as related to mineralogy
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Interested in women and sustainable development, community-based conservation, community negotiation processes, and gendered divisions of labor and resources across cultures. Teaches the subjects of gender and culture in agriculture and natural resource management, intercultural conflict management, leadership, and international and development communication.
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Contaminant transport in porous media
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Factors controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton, including eutrophication, acidification, metal pollution, and exotic species invasion; interactions between plankton, periphyton, and aquatic plants in shallow lakes; predictive limnology and lake management of temperate, subtropical, and tropical lakes; and lake and wetland ecosystem responses to stress, including excessive nutrient loading, unnatural variations in water level, exotic species, and toxic chemicals.
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biogeochemical processes and management of nutrients, contaminants, and wastes in soil-plant-water systems
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urban water infrastructure, water supply, wastewater, storm water, simulation and optimization, decision support systems
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"Indigenous peoples of South America (especially Amazonia), cultures of the humid tropics, complex societies, symbolic studies, history and theory of anthropology, historical anthropology, landscape approaches"
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Eric Hellgren's research revolves around the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on the ecology of wildlife species. Within this applied context, he also studies basic ecological questions such as competition, resource partitioning, and life-history variation.
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Dr. Henderson uses computer models to explore scientific and societal issues such as air quality and climate. Part of his practice involves applying models to answer regulatory questions.
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Dr. Hill employs a combination of field sampling and experimental studies, coupled with ecological theory, to provide science-based information on non-native aquatic species to natural resource agencies, industry, and other stakeholders. He is interested in the use of non-native species in aquaculture and in other human activities.
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I am a faculty member of the Geomatics Program, and my research interests are GIS, Wayfinding and Navigation, Decision Support Systems, and Data Quality.
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Professor of Horticultural Sciences: Extension Specialist, Vegetables
Professor of Horticultural Sciences
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Natural resource management of recreation and ecotourism areas
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"Designing urban landscapes for wildlife, citizen participation in monitoring efforts, landscape ecology, scale-dependent responses to landscape structure by animals", Ecological Restoration
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Dr. Hull’s research includes examining spatio-temporal patterns of giant panda habitat selection in the coupled human and natural system of Wolong Nature Reserve. She has also participated in a wide variety of other research topics, including examining environmental attitudes of urban Chinese, forest recovery after a natural disaster, reproduction in captive giant pandas, population source-sink dynamics, and global sustainability. Her postdoctoral research examined various topics related to giant panda ecology and conservation, coupled human and natural systems, and telecoupling.
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Studies biogeochemistry of wetlands and aquatic systems and uses a combination of traditional nutrient and flux analyses, enzyme activities, and novel microscopic and isotopic approaches to infer biogeochemical processes and trace the fate of nutrients, and measurements of bacterial production and dissolved organic matter interactions.
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distance education, the internet, and use of technology in agricultural extension and communication of agricultural issues; recent studies include agroforestry and natural resources programs, biotechnology, GMO labeling, competencies of extension agents, adult learning, critical thinking, and job satisfaction
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"Quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluation of educational achievement, social capital, and extension education programs"
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"Tropical conservation and sustainable development, focusing on natural resource education and park program planning and evaluation; university-level environmental education; human dimensions of wildlife management"
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"Marine and near-shore sedimentary processes and environments, human impacts on estuarine sediments"
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"Study of the biotransformation and bioavailability of environmental chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dichloroacetic acid. Study of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes in fish as well as mammalian species."
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"Human impacts on natural hydrologic ecosystems, including watersheds, wetlands, and aquifers; techniques for characterization and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater"
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Dr. Steven Johnson, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, has a 60/40 teaching/extension assignment. Area of expertise is herpetology, and maintains a small research program currently investigating ecology of invasive Cuban treefrogs, upland movements of gopher frogs, and methods for excluding frogs from lettuce fields. Teaches Wildlife of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Ecology and Management of Wildlife Invasions, and Wetland Wildlife Ecology in the BS program in Natural Resource Conservation at the Plant City campus. Extension program is in environmental education, currently developing a program on nonindigenous wildlife, how to avoid encountering venomous snakes, and wildlife values of privately-owned forests.
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"Silviculture, with research interests in tree nutrition, forest fertilization and production ecology of managed coniferous forests.
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mathematical modeling of plant growth and environmental interactions (with soil and atmosphere) in analysis of agricultural systems for research and decision support applications, and in computer control of plant growth systems, including greenhouses and research growth systems
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Science and environmental education curriculum development and evaluation; international science and environmental education
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Dr. Jones is the Extension Program Leader – Energy Programs. He provides leadership for the development and delivery of educational programs and products related to energy and sustainable community development with emphasis on housing (e.g., energy efficient mortgages, continuing education for builders, architects and real estate licensees, termites, windstorm mitigation, resource efficient landscaping, indoor air quality, etc.). Dr. Jones works closely with Extension Specialists through State Major Program Design Teams (http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/~smpweb/) and other organization units to encourage progressive and timely delivery of research-based information to various user groups.
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"Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with specific interest in the Ericaceae and Melastomataceae, phylogenetic relationships within temperate/tropical family pairs, and the floras of the West Indies and southeastern U.S."
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Tropical forest ecology and community-based forest management
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Environmental pathology, infectious disease and toxicology of aquatic organisms with emphasis on Chesapeake Bay fauna and captive fish species. Specific focus is placed on sublethal indices of disease, effects of contaminant and water quality stressors, and application of aquatic models for human health. Additional interests include dynamic outreach through traditional classes as well as the use of interactive, computer-based multimedia.
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My research is focused on development of in vitro propagation (micropropagation) systems for genotypic selection and production of aquatic/wetland, coastal plants and native orchids. The primary goal of his research is to develop environmentally sound production procedures for habitat restoration and plant reintroduction. He also examines genotypic effects on in vitro physiology and ex vitro field growth performance of micropropagated wetland and coastal plants in restored habitats.
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Dr. Kaplans research has focused on the development of hydrologic and ecological models, ecological restoration, and feedbacks between biological, hydrological, and human systems. His publications have focused on systems throughout the globe including the Savanna, the southeastern United States, and Latin America.
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"Photojournalism, design, and editing"
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My research program focuses on the development of new pest management tools for Florida’s livestock operators. Beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses are the predominant livestock in Florida and are the focus of this program. Insecticide resistance and control failures are commonplace for many of the fly pests; therefore, innovative systems are needed to assist in their management. However, to successfully manage these pests, studies investigating their biology and ecology are needed.
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The systematics, evolution, and behavior of arthropods, especially the butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). Systematics is a fundamental discipline of biology that helps explain all of biodiversity, and the relationships among living organisms.
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Economic and ecological anthropology; horticultural societies; island archaeology; West Indian and eastern U.S. archaeology
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Urban Entomology and Urban Pest Management, Vertebrate Pest and Nuisance Wildlife Management, Medical and Veterinary Entomology.
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Environmental impacts of construction; sustainability; value engineering; recycling; expert systems; productive innovations; fire research.
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Model linkage/integration, ecological and risk modeling, environmental decision analysis.
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Dr. Rebecca Kimball, Assistant Professor of Biology, uses molecular techniques to address evolutionary and ecological questions on single species, particularly in the areas of population (and conservation) genetics and behavior, and also multi-species comparisons, primarily in a phylogenetic framework, on the types of change in various traits (e.g., morphology, behavior, molecules) and evolutionary hypotheses. She is particularly interested in birds.
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"Tropical forest plant ecology, regeneration strategies in plant communities, seed and seedling ecology of tropical trees, ecology of soil seed bank, comparative physiological ecology of forest plants, ecophysiological correlates of leaf life span, influence of architecture and biomass allocation on growth and survival"
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Wetlands plant community ecology and management; GIS modeling and gap analysis
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Efficacy of fuels reduction and prescribed burning treatments in forest restoration; Predicting potential wildfire and prescribed fire behavior and severity; Using dendrochronology to determine historical fire regimes; Relationships between fire, fuels management, and soil carbon efflux
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Sustainable Landscape Management, Urban/Residential Tree Growth and Longevity, Environmental/Economic Costs and Benefits of Landscapes, Role of Plants in Green Infrastructure, Tree Risk Assessment
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Research interests include: Paleoecology, taphonomy, geochronology, stratigraphy, quantitative methods, marine ecology, conservation biology, mollusks, brachiopods
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Dr. Kramer is interested in interactions among climate, the biosphere and the soil zone with a focus on structure and function of the Earth’s surface from a biogeochemical perspective. He has also researched mechanisms of organic matter stabilization / destabilization in soil and biogeochemical impacts of humans on soils at the global scale (Global Soil Change). This expertise will make him a valuable asset to SNRE students.
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A biological anthropologist doing research on tropical forest ecology, prehistory, and paleodiet, using stable isotopes. This work applies new methods in bone chemistry and stable isotope analysis to better understand ecological and cultural systems in the past, looking at tooth and bone materials to understand archaeological and paleontological problems.
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How Individual and Group Level Cognition Impacts the Decision Making and Consensus Building Process, Role of Opinion Leaders, How Educational Initiatives Can Be Targeted
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Assistant Scientist in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. She does research on reproductive endocrinology, reproductive behavior, embryology, and development of the Florida manatee.
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Natural Resource Modeling, Fisheries Economics and Management, and Seafood Marketing
Taught agricultural marketing, with emphasis on Canadian products, at the University of British Columbia. Examined U.S. and Japanese market preferences for U.S. produced surimi. Determined wholesaler preferences for U.S. produced Pacific whiting by U.S., Canadian, and European firms. Summarized the world market for trade in marine ornamentals. Consulted for the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council regarding the role, importance, and estimation of discount rates in the management of common property resources
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Dr. Laughinghouse’s research focuses on applied phycology, including algal treatment methods, biofertilizers and bioremediation, the effect of algal blooms on crops, and the diversity of cyanobacteria and microbial eukaryotes.
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"Nutritional requirements and diagnostic measures for nutrient-related disorders for tropical fruit and vegetable crops in south Florida; management practices to improve fertilizer efficiency, plant nutrition and water quality; nutrient cycling in agricultural and natural ecosystems in south Florida"
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Dr. Liang studies environmental epidemiology and dynamic modeling of water- and vector-borne infectious diseases. His research areas have included environmental determinants and control of neglected tropical diseases, water quality, sanitation, and food safety, environmental burden of diseases, and one health and eco-health approaches to infectious disease control.
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Dr. Oscar Liburd, Associate Professor of Entomology, does research on behavioral and ecological factors affecting the management of key fruit and vegetable pests in Florida and develops ecologically-based pest management programs that will reduce growers' reliance on pesticides.
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Department of Biology, My expertise is in forest community and ecosystem ecology; global carbon cycle
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Physiology and ecology of vertebrates
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"Marine ecology, behavioral ecology and crustacean biology"
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Biological transformations of substituted aromatic and aliphatic compounds; molecular-level fundamentals of microbial transformation processes; mechanistic studies of enzymatic oxidation of aromatic compounds by soluble methane monooxygenase quantitative structure-activity relationships; bioremediation of substituted aromatic and aliphatic compounds; microbial ecology of mixed cultures
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Tropical ecology and conservation, seed dispersal mutualisms, ecological niche modeling and applications of Geographic Information Systems technology for biodiversity research and conservation
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Associate Professor of Entomology and Nematology (Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory) does research on the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, using mathematical models, field studies, and laboratory experiments to investigate the dynamics of pathogen transmission. The goal of this work is to understand the dynamics of species and their interaction in the transmission system, to predict risk of transmission in space and time, and to inform control strategies. Current projects include effects of mosquito age structure on transmission, effect of multiple vector species on the dynamics of virus, and bionomics of Culex nigripalpus, an important arbovirus vector.
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Interested in addressing complex fisheries management problems through integrative-interdisciplinary science. His research integrates quantitative ecology with human dimensions and engages closely with management initiatives. A particular focus is on assessing and improving the use of hatchery and habitat enhancement and restoration measures in fisheries management.
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Insects and other invertebrates: Biting insects (especially transmitters of human diseases): Insect behavior: Ecology and plant-insect relationships
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Dr. Lucky is an evolutionary biologist and biodiversity scientist with a focus on insects, specifically the evolution of ants. Her research program focuses on two main themes: insect evolution and biodiversity and science communication with non-scientific audiences.
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"Phytoremediation and chemical remediation of trace-metal-contaminated water, soils, and wastes, land-application and disposal of non-hazardous wastes, biogeochemistry and speciation of trace metals in water-soil system, chemical equilibria of trace metals in soils, their bioavailability to plants, and mechanisms controlling their solubilities in soils"
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Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on invasive plant management and biology, with an emphasis on perennial grasses. He also works in international agronomy, focusing on peanut production and utilization for rural farmers and households.
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Dr. Macedo’s areas of interest span sustainable design, cross-cultural, and urban design, and community planning. Her expertise will be a valuable asset to SNRE students interested in sustainable urban and regional planning.
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Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
His current research interests include fossil vertebrates and stable isotopes, with emphasis on paleobiology, macroevolution, and paleoecology of Neogene mammals (particularly herbivores) of the Americas, Incremental growth and diagenesis of vertebrate skeletal tissues (particularly lamnoid sharks), and learning in informal museum settings.
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"Ecosystem Ecology; effects of human activities on ecosystem nutrient cycling; biodiversity and ecosystem processes; global climate change"
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Assistant Professor of Soil and Water Science
Conducts research on elemental (N, P, C) cycling in soils under perennial pasture-hay cropping systems and soil fertility requirements for nutrient best management practice (BMP) advancement. Emphasizes the development of soil nutrient management strategies for improving soil and water quality and soil assimilative capacity for municipal and agronomic wastes.
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"Behavioral ecology of ungulates, large carnivores, and wading birds. Management of wildlife habitat based on fire ecology in Florida natural areas and wetlands management on golf courses. Wildlife conservation on private lands through valuation strategies and incentive-based mechanisms."
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"Isotopic geochemistry and geochronology; stratigraphy, paleoclimate, and paleoceanography"
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Fluid chemistry and hydrogeology at convergent and transform plate margins; physical and chemical hydrogeology of karst aquifers; record of paleohydrological systems contained in diagenetic minerals
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"Forest tree ecophysiology, with special interest in linking organ-level carbon and water relations physiology with questions at the whole-tree and stand scales"
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Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, does research on the impacts of climate variability and change on human and natural systems, statistical methods to improve hydrologic forecasts, ensemble forecasting for water resource decision making, water quality impacts of reclaimed water systems, and hydrologic and biogeochemical modeling of watersheds and wetlands.
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Tropical climates, severe weather, and precipitation; Improving the prediction of rainfall from landfalling tropical cyclones using spatial analysis and GIS to examine the shapes of storm rain shields
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Ecology and management of alligators and crocodiles
Role of restoration ecology in ecosystem management: : :
Linkages between landscape ecology and restoration ecology: : :
Growth Management: Cross scale evaluation and monitoring of ecosystem management plans: :
Endangered Species: : :
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Host plant resistance and biological control for sustainable management of insect pests
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social networks and the adaptation of traditional network methods to large-scale telephone and field surveys; estimation of hard-to-count populations, such as the homeless and those who are HIV positive; economic studies in Florida using data generated by the bureau's monthly survey
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Conservation and management of terrestrial vertebrates in and around human altered landscapes.
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Primary areas of research are entrepreneurship and economic development and economic viability of small and medium size businesses in West Africa. In the African Diaspora--my research focus is on Black-owned businesses in the United States.
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Meyer, Julie E.
Soil & Water Science
Dr. Meyer investigates microbial interactions in the establishment of coral disease. She also systematically investigates the role of coral microbiomes in the functioning of healthy reefs and in coral restoration.
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Dr. Kati Migliaccio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, conducts Research and Extension activities that focus on hydrology and water quality of the southern Everglades and the farmlands of Miami-Dade County. Her program focuses are (1) agricultural sustainability considering environmental and economic aspects related to water quality and quantity and (2) water resource management including sustenance of water supplies for designated uses.
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Department of Entomology and Nematology, does work on the evolution of behavior and morphology, particularly sexual selection and phenotypic plasticity in the family Coreidae, the leaf-footed bugs. She uses tools including quantitative genetics, morphometrics, chemical ecology and behavior.
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"research methods and psychometrics, accountability systems, large-scale assessment, validity, and generalizability"
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Native plant restoration
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Assistant Professor of Forest Resources and Conservation, is located at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy. He does research on silvicultural problems and issues of interest to non-industrial forest landowners, including a recent emphasis on best management practices and their effects on water quality.
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Focus is training Extension agents in the CBSM methodology and developing programs with homeowners and homeowner associations that reduce the environmental impact of landscape practices such as water and fertilizer use.
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"Curriculum development, communications, teacher training, evaluation, conservation behavior"
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"Systems ecology, marshes and estuaries"
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"Geoarchaeology, synthesis, agriculture"
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"Fluvial geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, soils"
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"Introduced galliformes, columbifromes, and passeriformes"
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"Isotopic and trace-element geochemistry and geochronology with an emphasis on the origin and evolution of the crust-mantle system in the Precambrian. Origin, evolution, and accretionary history of southern Appalachian terranes. Geochronology in sedimentary systems, including the Sr isotopic evolution of seawater"
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Research focuses on measuring the effects of agricultural interventions at the household and community level, particularly in the areas of agricultural extension and technology. He is an expert in development economics and impact evaluation.
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Dr. Mulvaney's research interests include evaluation of the sustainability and profitability of traditional row crops and emerging cropping systems. Research focuses on innovative approaches in areas such as traditional row crops, specialty and alternative crops, bioenergy crops, precision agriculture, conservation tillage, efficient nutrient and water management in crop-based systems, crop rotations, environmental issues, crop protection, carbon sequestration, and climate change. Emphasis is placed on root system dynamics, above- and below-ground residue mineralization, and water management under conservation tillage systems.
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hydrology and water quality, particularly effects of modifications to the Everglades water management system, water conservation associated with agriculture and golf courses, and efficient irrigation for row crops
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Analyzing exploratory fishing for sablefish on offshore seamounts and estimating abundance and dispersion of sablefish through mark-recapture surveys
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Development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and teaching methods in the area of agriscience and natural resources.
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Associate Professor of Soil and Water Science, does research on management of nutrients, pesticides, and wastes and on remediation of contaminated soils, waters, and aquifers.
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biophysical aspects of agroforestry systems including soil productivity and component interactions; agroforestry system design and evaluation
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Fate and transport of phosphorus (P) from agricultural lands and hence the water quality implications of animal-based agriculture; Evaluates leaching criteria for vertical transport risk for coastal plain soils of the SE USA, mechanisms for P retention within a site, long-term stability of P in manure-impacted soils, agroforestry practices that reduce runoff and leaching of chemicals from farmland, and soil carbon sequestration potential of tree-based agricultural systems
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Animal population ecology, wildlife ecology, occupancy modeling, and biometrics.
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Systematics and ecology of amphibians and reptiles: Cryptobranchus
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Wildlife habitat management and restoration, forest ecology, conservation biology, natural resource education
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"Environmental soil chemistry, specifically, the application of basic soil-chemistry principles to guide responsible and beneficial use of non-hazardous wastes on soils"
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"Adaptation of microbial communities to human impacts, including shifts in microbial community structure in upland and wetland soils; molecular evolution of xenobiotic-degrading genes and mobile DNA elements in soil bacteria"
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"Population ecology & modeling, matrix population models, and wildlife ecology and conservation"
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Osborne, Edward W.
Agricultural Education & Communication
Agricultural science curriculum and instruction
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Dr. Osborne's research interests relate to biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes. He has worked in a variety of aquatic influenced ecosystems, including salt marshes, mangroves, sea grass beds, and coastal forests.
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Population and community ecology (especially of aquatic organisms); predator-prey and competition theory; dynamics of structured populations; ontogenetic niche shifts and their effect on species interactions; design and implementation of environmental impact studies
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Evaluating institutions of environmental governance that improve the democratic accountability and participatory nature and transparency of environmental management.
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Historical ecology, evolution of ideology, ecology of religion, indigenous peoples of South America (especially the Amazonia and Andes), origins of technology and food production, history and theory of archaeology and anthropology.
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systematics, evolution, and ecology of freshwater fishes and Malacostraca; protection of aquatic natural areas.
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Interests include species coexistence, the ecology and evolution of mutualisms, and the role of ecosystem engineers in structuring rangeland communities. Most work is conducted in East Africa, although some work in alpine streams, meadows, and prairies of the western U.S.
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Dr. Patterson’s research includes population dynamics, trophic dynamics, and population structure of marine fishes. He is interested in how populations are structured in space and time and in describing factors that affect population dynamics and demographics, as well as population connectivity.
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Dr. Pauley studies biodiversity on coral reefs and Pacific islands with a two-pronged approach: documenting species diversity with large-scale taxonomic surveys, and testing hypotheses about historical origins of diversity using paleontological, ecological, and phylogenetic tools. His goal is to understand how the diversity and distribution of marine organisms evolved on coral reefs through speciation, extinction, and changing species ranges. The Pauley lab uses genetic tools to document the differentiation and relationships of insular populations.
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Research interests include political ecology, gender, class, race, ethnicity, research methodologies, sustainability science, and degrowth. Research explores ways in which gender, class, and ethnicity interact with biophysical environments.
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"Leader, FL Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Interests in wetland wildlife ecology with major focus on American alligator. Involved in effort to develop small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for wildlife population and habitat assessment. Interested in using interdisciplinary research in solving conservation problems.
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Horticulture with an expertise in developmental physiology of seeds, germination ecology, and macro-propagation
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Social and demographic determinants of land use and land cover change in the Brazilian Amazon
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"Environmental ethics and philosophy, grassroots environmental movements and sustainable livelihoods"
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"Biology, ecology, and management of algae and aquatic micro-organisms"
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Human dimensions of wildlife with a specific focus on economic solutions to human-wildlife conflict, Economic approaches to improve the performance of wildlife-based Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Programs in Botswana, Measuring how environmental attitudes towards endangered and threatened marine species are influenced by survey information, and survey design, implementation and analysis
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Dr. Pilyugin’s areas of research include mathematical biology, population dynamics, dynamical systems and differential equations.
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Aquatic resource management needs with informed decisions based on applied ecological theory, modeling exercises, and experimental observations.
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Dr. Ponciano's research focuses on the use of stochastic processes in Biology through mathematics. He uses stochastic processes and statistics to translate fundamental questions in Biology into testable hypotheses that can be confronted with real data. This research focus grew from the application of stochastic processes in Ecology, Population Genetics and Evolution, to Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology and Fisheries, to Epidemiological modeling, Microbial Community Ecology, Population Genetics and Phylogenetics.
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Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, specializes in energy and resource-efficient building and process systems, IEQ and sick building investigations, heat and mass transfer. He teaches several courses, including AOM 2520 Global Sustainable Energy. One of our students has already requested him to be chair of his supervisory committee.
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Lecturer in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, is interested in engaging students in the problem of how the biological sciences can devise means of understanding natural resource utilization and management in contexts of social and economic development, in particular studying the practices, institutions and policies that define the relationships between people and the environment. Typically, this means addressing problems such as ecosystem conservation, the establishment and consolidation of protected areas, the application of adaptive management strategies, and the design of alternative development / conservation policies and institutions that will be respectful of environmental processes.
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Dr. Powell's research focuses on avian ecology and conservation, and she has a background in endangered and threatened species and coastal wetland ecology. Before moving to the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Dr. Powell spent 15 years in Alaska working on issues ranging from impacts of environmental change on shorebirds and seaducks to impacts of expanding populations of gulls and ravens on species of conservation concern. Her research interests include migratory connectivity and full life cycle biology of birds.
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"Forest ecology, both in the tropics and in the north temperate zone, forest community ecology; the patterns and processes of regeneration in natural and silviculturally managed forests"
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"Genetics of adaptation of cool and warm season forage legumes to ecological conditions prevalent in Florida, including adaptation of native and introduced Trifolium species to Florida conditions; plant genetic resource collection, maintenance, and evaluation, including threatened and endangered legume species in the genus Trifolium, from the United States and worldwide"
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Child and family functioning, mental health, prevention programs and telehealth; investigating whether the Master Gardener program (and potentially other nature-based programs) have emotional and physical benefits beyond the increased knowledge gain.
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Soil fertility for pasture grasses and legumes that evaluates the impact of fertilizers on surface and ground water quality. Determines fertilizer requirements for tropical grasses with emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
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"Biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (including redox-related processes) in natural ecosystems, e.g. wetlands lake sediments, and constructed wetlands/ponds used for water treatment; biogeochemical indicators to evaluate changes in ecosystem functions"
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phylogenetic and evolutionary biology of mammals and their parasites, bioinformatics, and genomics; the coevolution of rodents and lice
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Research integrates approaches from population and community ecology, biogeochemistry, and plant physiology to better understand how environmental and individual variability influences the functions and stability of nearshore marine ecosystems.
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Dr. Rheingans’s interests lie in global health. Specifically he is interested in water, sanitation, and vaccinations in low-income countries and areas, and the impacts of these factors.
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Rinker Professor of Construction, Assistant Professor, and Associate Director of the Powell Center for Construction and the Environment, in the Rinker School of Construction. He does research on improving the environmental performance of buildings, life cycle assessment of building systems, modeling of construction processes, optimization, and assessing impacts as various scales. He has developed courses in green building design and construction.
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Roberts, Stephen M.
Veterinary Medicine, Physiological Science
Environmental health and toxicology; risk-based assessment
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Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Roberts’s previous experience included four years as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, three years as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Florida, and ten years as an agricultural science teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. Dr. Roberts’ research interests include global education, experiential learning, and teaching and learning in university settings. His background and expertise will be a valuable asset to SNRE students.
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conservation biology, population and community ecology of birds; avian brood parasitism in tropical and temperate ecosystems
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Research in four overlapping aspects of biological invasions: process through the influence of wildlife trade, prevention through risk assessment, ecological impacts, and policy and management.
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Extensive research background with with sea turtles and crocodilians, including international conservation and trade management through CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) involving biologists, commercial, and government-administrative sectors under a wide variety of cultural and political systems.
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My professional research is focused on the physiological mechanisms which determine stress response in crops. Emphasis is placed on quantifying water use and water-use efficiency under different irrigation methods and scheduling schemes, and in conservation and conventional tillage systems.
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Gender and environmental policy; farming systems in Africa and Latin America
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Dr. Sadie Ryan works on ecology at the human interface and its implications for conservation, disease, sustainability, and wildlife management. Her interdisciplinary work incorporates tools from quantitative and applied ecology, geography, and social science. She uses a variety of techniques from the lab to the field to the computer to the white board.
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Molecular epidemiology, intra-host virus evolution, and the application of phylogenetic and population genetic methods to the study of human and simian pathogenic viruses polysaccharides, and environmental persistence of Vibrios
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Agricultural ethics in Latin America and India; working with the Water Institute and organizing a speakers series entitled Women, Water and Social Equity in India.
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hydrology and stormwater management, including physical and chemical processes and stormwater facilities operation, rainfall runoff infiltration, ballast-water processes, treatment
and re-use of wastewater and residuals by anaerobic processes, permeable reactive pavements, fate of atmospheric dry deposition, sediment transport and deposition, and settling and consolidation properties of marine sediments
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"Archaeologist; settlement and community, Southeastern U.S."
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Located at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, his research focus is environmental physiology of tropical horticultural crops with emphasis on tropical fruit species; leaf gas exchange, plant weather relations, carbohydrate partitioning, physiology of plant interactions with soil, pathogens, and insects, and improving compatibility of tropical agriculture with adjacent natural systems. He is also affiliated with Asian Studies.
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Research interests in global change ecology, especially drivers of biological organization in space and time and the effects of human disturbance on these processes. Recent research focuses on multidimensional species distributions in rainforest canopy environments, ecophysiology of ectotherms, microhabitat buffering in structurally complex environments, and extreme climate events.
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"Conservation and development in the Brazilian Amazon region, agroforestry, gender, community participation and natural resource management"
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"Controls over fluxes of energy and materials through terrestrial ecosystems, interaction between carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, global biogeochemical cycles, and climate change, exchange of carbon between plants, soils, and the atmosphere, and the response to changes in climate and disturbance regimes, isotopes and environmental gradients in ecosystems and landscapes"
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Congressional oversight and intergovernmental regulatory programs
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Modeling and testing submarine and subterranean aquifers
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"Evolutionary community ecology of avian nest predation, and behavioral ecology of forest bird movement and distribution in disturbed landscapes (forested and agricultural ecosystems of northern Florida and southern Chile); ecology and conservation of endemic and globally endangered birds of south-temperate rainforest"
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Dr. Cynthia Simmons is a human geographer whose research program addresses the interaction of economic development and environmental policy in Less Developed Countries. She is especially interested in the social consequences of these interactions, and much of her current work examines the agrarian reform and land conflict in the Brazilian Amazon.
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His current research focuses on the conditions under which democracy can be sustained in oil-rich countries, on the relationship between political patronage and economic growth in the developing world, state policy and communal conflict, and on the sources of durable authoritarian rule. His first book, Hard Times in the Land of Plenty: Oil, Opposition, and Late Development, is under contract with Cornell University Press.
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Dr. Hugh Smith is GCREC's vegetable entomologist. The vegetable entomology program focuses on management of insects and mites that attack tomatoes, peppers, and other horticultural crops.
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I am broadly interested in fungal ecology, evolution, and systematics. I have worked extensively on the biology and systematics of hypogeous fungi (“truffles”) and the ecology of plant-symbiotic ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi. However, I have also studied a variety of other fungal groups, including plant pathogens Armillaria mellea ("oak root fungus") and Claviceps purpurea (Ergot disease of grasses) as well as the nematode-destroying fungi (Orbiliales and other Ascomycota). My work combines the synergistic use of molecular, morphological, and culture-based methods in both laboratory and field settings.
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Survey of under-valued plants of the Amazon floodplain with market potential; policy issues surrounding the linkages between biodiversity and agriculture; management of plant resources by small-scale farmers in the humid tropics
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Application of photogrammetry and remote sensing to land use management
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Family impacts of social and economic changes in rural and natural-resource dependent areas
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"Interactions between forage plants and grazing livestock, evaluates integration of grazed pasture into management programs for lactating dairy cows; impact of grazed pasture and pasture management inputs on nutrient cycling in soils and on environmental quality"
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phylogenetics (including theory and methods of phylogeny reconstruction), genomics, biogeography, and population genetics
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"Modeling of the impacts of climate change on agricultural and forest ecosystems, remote sensing and modeling of land cover change"
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Behavioral ecology of fishes and marine invertebrates
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Biogeography, systematics, community ecology, zooarchaeology, and paleontology of birds, especially on tropical islands. Current focus is on habitat associations, species-area relationships, turnover, extinction, comparative osteology, and species-level systematics of landbirds from Pacific and Caribbean islands.
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"Ecotourism, human dimensions of natural resource management, landscape values, wildland recreation management"
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"Transportation and land use planning, transportation and environmental planning, energy issues, pedestrianism and livable cities, and growth management."
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"Ecological anthropology, ethnobotany, traditional ecological knowledge, and human ecosystem theory"
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waterway resource sustainability in the face of increasing coastal activity, such as recreational boating, fishing, and waterfront development
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"Agricultural ecology and sustainable agriculture; social, economic, and environmental aspects of tropical agricultural production"
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"Religion and nature, including ecological and environmental ethics"
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Agricultural education and distance education
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Ecology of plant-bacterial interactions
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1. Ecotourism and cultural heritage tourism in developing countries
2. Tourist behaviors & impacts: socio-cultural, environmental and economic
3. Outdoor recreation and tourism management in parks & protected areas
4. Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors in Outdoor Recreation Director of Center for Tourism Research and Development
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ornamental plant introduction and evaluation, the use of triazole plant growth regulators on the growth, physiology and anatomy of the woody ornamental shrubs, and technologies for large-scale, vegetative propagation of loblolly pine for reforestation
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"Environmental ethics, evolution of environmental movements"
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Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Soil and Water Science, does research on chemistry and microbiology of environmental contaminants and agrochemicals. Current work includes bioremediation of pesticides in Lake Apopka soil.
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Community Planning, Contemporary Technologies, Cross-Cultural Design, Cultural Landscapes, Global Contexts, International Planning, Participatory Community Development
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"Preservation design for the tropics, urban design for historic seacoast communities"
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Assistant Professor, Department of Soil and Water Science, does work aiming to minimize surface and sub-surface water quality degradation in an urban environment from nutrients, metals, and emerging contaminants. Research interests include nutrient management and remediation, waste management, fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the environment.
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Solid and hazardous waste management and design
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Dr. Danielle Treadwell's work is focused on the economic, environmental and social sustainability of conventional vegetable production systems as well as those that are certified organic by the National Organic Program. Her work is, by nature, interdisciplinary and often involves collaborators from otherwise disparate fields of study, e.g., plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, soil science, wildlife ecology and conservation.
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Research interests include environmental governance, community-based conservation, institutional analysis, climate change adaptation, belief systems, sustainability, and how collective action and governance arrangements may enhance or undermine the sustainability of social-ecological systems.
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Dr. Ullman’s research interests include contaminant fate and transport with emphasis on emerging contaminants, toxicological effects on aquatic organisms, and water quality and treatment in natural systems. This expertise will be a valuable asset to SNRE students.
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Assistant Professor of Food and Resource Economics, studies the economics of development. She is interested in economics of the adoption of new technologies, decision-making about agricultural development and water supply and demand, and land policies for poverty alleviation.
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Dr. Diego Valderrama is a natural resource economist. He has a strong interest in marine and coastal resource economics and is particularly interested in the area of fisheries and aquaculture.
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My research covers environmental health, plant demography, tropical forest management, simulation models, and Bayesian statistical models.
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Research on production methods and biological understanding to improve productivity of citrus crops and additional crops and cropping systems in the traditional citrus region, particularly how plant adaptive and acclimative characteristics impact crop health and productivity in the humid sub-tropics.
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Dr. Vogel’s research group studies forest nutrient cycling, structure, and growth. He is interested in how resilient these forest processes and attributes are as they respond to climate change, disturbance, and management decisions. He investigates how silviculture can be used to restore and maintain the attributes of forests that are important to society.
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Dr. Robert Walker’s research focuses on land cover change processes, especially tropical deforestation. His work, to date, integrates remote sensing, spatial statistics, and ethnographic field data into studies of land cover change processes in the Amazon basin. He has studied, for example, the land use decisions of households, the spatial-processes of road building, and, most recently, the impacts of land reform on tropical forests.
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"Print media news coverage of health issues, mass media effects on individual health and health policy, and the relationship between mass media content and adolescent sexual beliefs and behavior"
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Dr. Thomas Waltzek research interests are focused on aquatic animal health. Specifically, he is interested in the characterization of emerging aquatic animal viruses (EAAVS). Dr. Waltzek uses a phylogenomics approach to study the biology, epidemiology, and evolution of EAAVS, and employs a broad suite of diagnostic methodologies to track EAAVS.
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hydrology, particularly the analysis of spatial variations in the statistics describing interannual and interseasonal variability of hydrometeorological variables
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Dr. Bartels is especially interested in rural development, family farming, and the convening role universities can play to facilitate knowledge exchange among diverse stakeholder groups. She has worked on several domestic and international climate-and-adaptation projects with multi-disciplinary teams of climate, crop, forestry, and hydrological modelers in their efforts to make research products more relevant to society (e.g. AgMIP, PINEMAP, Southeast Climate & Extension). Within this context, she examines the participatory methods and institutional arrangements that can help scientists to link more effectively with practitioners, bridge society-academia divides, and expand understandings.
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Ethan White’s research focuses on data-intensive questions in ecology, using large ecological datasets, advanced statistical/machine learning methods, and theoretical modeling to understand ecological patterns.
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"Bioremediation techniques for agricultural and industrial wastes, as well as soils and groundwater contaminated with constituents of these wastes"
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Dr. Keith Willmott's research combines field, museum and molecular research and concerns the origins and conservation of biodiversity. His research focus is on butterflies of the Neotropics and the tropical Andes in particular. Dr. Willmott studies evolution and the diversity from various perspectives, including revisionary systematics, community ecology, macroecology and historical biogeography.
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agroecology; identifying and reducing negative impacts of land use on natural and existing ecosystems, including characterization of agrichemical loadings in surface water from different land uses, bioremediation/phytoremediation of agrichemicals in contaminated surface water, and evaluation of the environmental benefits of best management practices.
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Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture, is located at the Indian River Research and Education Center. She does research on the invasive potential of ornamental plants, propagation of native plants, organic-based medium components for containerized ornamentals, roadside use of native wildflowers, and enhanced commercial
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Dr. Wisely is interested in how human impacts on the landscape alter ecosystem function. Deforestation, urbanization, and climate change alter the connectivity of populations, the composition of communities and the emergence of disease. Invasive species are particularly sensitive to these alterations and in turn serve as catalysts for changes in ecosystem function. Using a combination of field and laboratory techniques, Dr. Wisely seeks to understand the drivers of disease emergence in systems with invasive species.
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My responsibilities include conducting research and developing extension programs that support proper management of natural resources in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and Everglades wetlands, including minimization of fertilizer inputs for agriculture, determining effects of changing land uses on soil and water quality, and effects of anthropogenic factors on nutrient dynamics in Everglades wetland ecosystems. Research projects include assessment of the fate of phosphorus fertilizer in the subsiding soils of the EAA, management factors influencing vegetable production, and effects of Everglades restoration on soil and water biogeochemical processes. These research efforts will lead to better management of natural resources and improved recommendations for agricultural producers and water managers in the EAA and throughout south Florida.
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Dr. Yang’s research experience covers general aquaculture, germplasm preservation, and cytogenetics of molluscan shellfish. The molluscan shellfish species she has worked on include scallops, oysters, clams, and abalone. Her research projects include triploid-tetraploid production, aneuploid production, gynogenesis, ploidy determination, analysis of meiosis process, germplasm cryopreservation, and self-fertilization inbred line production.
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"Three aspects of analytical mass spectrometry: instrumentation, fundamentals, and applications"
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology with an expertise in African pastoral populations
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Dr. Zambrano’s research centers on human environment interactions, focusing on social and ecological feedback loops with consideration to sustainability in the present and into the future. In particular, she looks at land use and land cover change dynamics in the tropics and its relation to economic activities. Dr. Zambrano is currently most interested in expanding her research on the sustainability of ecotourism and its role as a development and conservation strategy in the tropics.
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I am broadly interested in evolution, particularly (though not exclusively) of birds. My research has focused in two main areas. The first area is molecular phylogenetics and population genetics. The second area is behavioral ecology, where I am interested in mating systems, sexual selection and the evolution and proximate control of secondary sexual characters. I am interested in integrating these two areas, by using phylogenetics to understand and examine the evolution of avian behaviors and traits, particularly male secondary sexual traits and by using molecular population genetic data to understand genetic consequences and conservation implications of different mating systems and behaviors.
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My general research interests are: Marine Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Aquatic Paleoecology, Geomicrobiology, Estuarine Research.
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My research emphasis has been directed at the design, development, and analysis of paradigms used for computer applications in Urban and Environmental Planning, and Engineering. More specifically, my research efforts have been directed at the analysis and design of dynamic models and the use of spatial analysis systems, commonly referred to as geographic information systems.
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