- Ph.D. Water Resources Sci., Dept. Hort. Sci., Univ. Minn., 2004
- M.S. Ecology, Penn State Coop. Wetland Ctr,, Penn. State Univ., 1999
- B.S. Env. Resources Mgmt., Coll. Agr. Sci., Penn. State Univ., 1997
Faculty Appointment: 40% Research,
40% Teaching, 20% Extension
- ORH 3000: Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration
Offered every fall, this course is an introduction to habitat restoration with a focus on Florida and the Southeastern coastal plain. Students will develop an applicable understanding of restoration theory and planning, disturbed land reclamation, wetland and river restoration, invasive species control, community involvement in the restoration process, and related topics. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with the latest research on native plant selection, establishment, and maintenance for restoration purposes. This course is also offered as a graduate course (HOS 6932 Advanced Ecosystem Restoration) with a teaching module.
- HOS 6932: Environmental Horticulture Graduate Seminar
Offered every spring, this course helps graduate students develop professional presentations and participate in peer-evaluation of thesis-based research.
Restoration Principles and Practice (web-based course co-taught with Shibu Jose, currently under development)
Plant Materials for Restoration and Conservation (web-based course co-taught with Hector Perez, currently under development)
My research program addresses issues in plant ecology and restoration of ecosystem structure and function, including the establishment of native plant communities. Much of my work takes place in wetlands and aquatic habitats (wet meadows, marl prairies, riparian forests), but other interests include terrestrial ecosystems (Imperata cylindrica-invaded flatwoods) and cultural landscapes (roadsides, stormwater structures), such as roadsides. I also research the practice of ecological restoration, and the use of adaptive management as a way to improve land management.
- Directing Succession Using Adaptive Management (2007-2010; $210,000; PI; US Geologic Survey, Department of the Interior)
- Historic Pond Restoration in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (2006-2009; $30,000; PI; US Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Developing A Web-Based Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Ecological Restoration (2007-10; $500,000; CoPI; USDA-CREES-HEC)
- Long-term Educational Wildflower Meadow (2007-08; $24,357; CoPI; Florida Wildflower Foundation)
The emphasis of my extension program is to provide relevant research-based information that improves the success of ecosystem restoration. Our clientele include native plant nurseries, restoration practitioners and natural resource managers. We work to connect the horticultural industry with those in the restoration field to promote information exchange on plant availability, selection, propagation, and establishment.