UCF Biology

Rani Vajravelu


Dr. Rani Vajravelu’s most extensive training is in Plant Taxonomy. Her taxonomic treatments of angiosperm families were published in a 3-volume Flora of the Tamilnadu Carnatic , 1984. She has contributed to the preparation of the Guide to the Flora of Florida, 1998. Her interests are also in doing scientific illustrations, some of which were published in Florida Plants for Wildlife , 1995 and Florida Wildflowers in their natural communities, 1998.

Dr. Vajravelu has traveled extensively in Europe and SE Asia in relation to her study on Euphorbia, funded by the National Geographic Society and The Explorer’s Club.


Fruits and Veggies Made Friendly

How many books on nutrition do you remember reading during your childhood? Probably not many, since UCF Biology faculty Rani Vajravelu, Ph.D., wrote one of the first. Her recently published book, The Dog That Didn’t Lik... Read more

Conference Grows Interest in Plant Science

The first annual Plants Beyond Limits Conference was held Friday, Nov. 10, at the University of Central Florida. Over 200 UCF students, alumni and visitors from the greater Orlando area attended. Tickets sold out on... Read more

UCF Alumna Puts Conservation into Practice

UCF Biology alumna and former UCF Arboretum employee, Tina Richards, ’06, ’13, embraced her passion for the environment at UCF. From her instrumental role in the growth of the UCF Arboretum to becoming a full-time bi... Read more

COS Faculty Awarded for Excellence

Throughout the year, faculty members work incredibly hard to bring quality education to UCF. To reward their hard work, the university offers the incentive award programs. The intent of the award programs is... Read more

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