Pedro Quintana-Ascencio, Professor
Research Area(s): Interactive effects of disturbance and spatial structure on plant community and population dynamics, especially for several rare plant species endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida.
I am a member of the science committee for the COMPADRE & COMADRE database project to create an open-access database of matrix population models for both animals and plants from all over the world to facilitate its usage for scientific and teaching purposes.

David G. Jenkins, Professor
Research Areas: Macroecology, ecological biogeography, metacommunity ecology, aquatic & wetland ecology.


I. Jack Stout, Professor emeritus
Research Areas: Conservation biology of Florida, including beach mice, gopher tortoise, and lupines.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Federico Lopez Borghesi, PhD
Research: Broadly, I am interested on the interplay between plant reproductive physiology and population level dynamics. My project aims to find novel ways to frame seed ecophysiology studies to inform plant demography models.

Graduate Students

Michelle Bardales, MS
Research: My research will explore drivers of global human appropriation of net primary production.

Hannah & Harper

Hannah Bevan, PhD
Research: My research examines both the theoretical and methodological aspects of modeling species (native and nonnative) distributions through habitat suitability and connectivity analyses in order to inform effective conservation management decisions.


Jacob D. Hart, PhD
Research: My research examines how mosquito populations and diversity vary in time and space at regional scales. I also conducted an experiment (in the picture) on ecological disturbance and productivity.

Lab Alumni

Shireen Alemadi, MS, 2006 Debra Rinne, MS, 2006 Alaina Bernard, MS, 2007 Kristina Horn, MS, 2007
Bonnie Berry, MS, 2008 Elizabeth Boughton, PhD, 2009 Camille Collins, MS, 2010 Jennifer Navarra, MS, 2010
Lisa McCauley, PhD, 2011 Kim Medley, PhD, 2012 Sandor Kelly, MS, 2012 Elizabeth Stephens, PhD, 2013
Matthew Tye, MS, 2014 Caitlyn Debevec, MS, 2015 Steffan Pierre, MS, 2015 Lina Maria Sanchez Clavijo, PhD, 2016
Jason Schroeder, PhD, 2018 Haoyu Li, MS, 2019 Ian Biazzo, PhD, 2023