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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Amber Gardner / PhD Student

I graduated from UF with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2008. Soon after, I gained employment with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Upland Habitat Research and Monitoring Program where I worked for nearly seven years. During this time, I developed a passion for plant conservation, so I returned to UF and completed my Master of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture in 2017. During that time, I investigated the seed biology of Harperocallis flava, a federally endangered species. I am now beginning a Ph.D. program where I will continue my research with H. flava. My research interests are centered around using seed biology and micropropagation for native plant conservation and restoration.

Adviser: Dr. Hector Perez

Amber Gardner CV

    • University of Florida B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 2008
    • University of Florida M.S. Horticultural Sciences- Environmental Horticulture 2017
    • Graduate School Funding Award 2017-2021

    • William C. and Bertha M. Cornett Fellowship 2017-2018

    • Graduated Summa cum laude, UF 2008

    • University Scholars Award Recipient, UF 2007

    • Treasurer, UF Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2007-2008

    My current research focuses on the seed biology and germination ecology of Harperocallis flava, a federally endangered species that is endemic to the central panhandle of Florida. By employing both lab and field based approaches, I will investigate embryo development, germination timing, seed persistence in the soil, and the use of micropropagation in the conservation of this rare species. 


    Assisted in the development of the Seed Biology course HOS 6932

    • Gardner, A.G., and K.A. Williges. 2015. Praxelis clematidea (Asteraceae): A New Plant Invader of Florida. Southeastern Naturalist. 14(1):N21-N27.
    • Freeman, J.E., K. Williges, A.G. Gardner and E.H. Leone. In Press. Plant functional group composition on restored longleaf pine – wiregrass (Pinus palustris – Aristida stricta) savannas with a history of intensive agriculture. Natural Areas Journal.