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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Leah Cobb Lee / PhD student Environmental Horticulture

Leah is a native Floridian and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Florida where she majored in Plant Science with a specialization in Restoration Horticulture. Leah’s Master’s research, completed in August 2015, involved identifying efficient sourcing strategies for resilient populations of sea oats in Florida and restoring coastal dune systems with respect to climate change impacts. Other passions include primary science education, grassroots ecological initiatives, and ecological anthropology.

Adviser: Dr. Carrie Reinhardt Adams

Leah Cobb Lee CV

    • A.S. General Science, Santa Fe College, 2010
    • B.S. Plant Science, University of Florida, 2013
    • M.S. Restoration Horticulture, University of Florida, 2015


    • Secretary –ENH Graduate Student Association
    • President – ENH Graduate Student Association
    • Treasurer – ENH Graduate Student Association
    • Vice President – ENH Graduate Student Association



    • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Scholar, 2013
    • City of Gainesville Nature Commission’s Star Volunteer Award, 2012
    • Dean’s List University of Florida, 2011
    • Dean’s List Santa Fe College, 2008
    • Dean’s List Santa Fe College. 2007



    • UF Graduate School Fellowship, 2015-2019
    • William C. and Bertha M. Cornett Fellowship, 2017
    • Bertha M. Cornett Scholarship, 2014
    • Bloom N’ Grow Garden Society Scholarship, 2013
    • I. Douglas Turner Grant, 2013
    • Florida Medallion Scholars Award, Spring 2012
    • UF Teach Scholarship, 2012
    • I. Douglas Turner Grant, 2012
    • Men’s Garden Club J. Watson Scholarship, 2012
    • Florida Medallion Scholars Award, Fall 2011
    • Florida Medallion Scholars Award, Spring 2011

    Leah’s research focuses on ecology and restoration of native plant communities. Her current Ph.D. research pertains to wetland restoration techniques and the effect of genotypic diversity of Juncus roemerianus (black needlerush) on population response to increasing salinity and exotic plant invasions.

    • Teaching Assistant, FOR5157: Ecosystem Restoration, Fall 2017