Dr. Basil V. Iannone III, Assistant Professor (C.V.)
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
University of Florida
PO Box 110940
2295 Mowry Rd
Gainesville, FL 32611-0940
I am also a member of the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development (SHED) Group, and a faculty member in the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
Interests: Ecology of residential landscapes, spatial ecology, biological invasions, and ecological restoration
Dr. James Sinclair
Work/Interests: My research investigates the mechanisms driving successful natural and human-mediated colonization to improve our understanding of organism movement, and to focus our investments of time, money, and effort when solving applied problems of how best to promote, or prevent, the success of new populations. My current project with the Residential Landscape Ecology Lab combines observational field investigations with computational modeling to examine the potential of stormwater ponds to facilitate the spread of both native and non-native plants across the landscape.
Gisele Nighswander, Masters Student
Interests: My work focuses how alpha and beta diversity, structural complexity, and landscape context of ornamental gardens affect the abundance of herbivorous arthropod pests. This information can guide the design and placement of future gardens so that they rely less on chemical pesticides to maintain and support greater diversity of important arthropod predators.
Kayla Hess, Masters Student
Interests: My project investigates the effects of stormwater pond drainage on isolated forests wetlands within urban and urbanizing landscapes. The findings of my work will inform future development enabling it to balance the need for stormwater management with wetland conservation.
Rain Yates, Masters Certificate in Restoration Ecology
Interests: I currently work at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in programs such as air, stormwater and environmental emergency response. I work with with industrial and construction sites with the goal of keeping them in compliance with federal and state level environmental laws. In addition, I make sure that they're using the best available management practices to protect the environment. I am also working to understand strategies to restore already damaged ecosystems.
Technicians & Volunteers
Dr. Haleigh Ray (Technician)
Interests: My interests are focused on the pollination biology of orchids in south Florida. I have studied the floral fragrance, seed germination, and insect pollinator species associated with the flowers. It is important to understand all aspects of the pollination biology in order to better conserve these native orchids, many of which are endangered or threatened.
Allyson Holmes (Technician)
Interests: I am a last-semester student in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. My studies involve looking at ecosystems from a larger perspective and the many interactions involved in a healthy ecosystem. I am interested in how plant communities affect ecosystems, especially within the diverse habitats of Florida.
Alex LoCastro (Technician)
Interests: I am interested in using my knowledge of entomology and other natural sciences to help re-introduce natural spaces into urban development for the mutual benefit of both humans and the environment. In my view, growing population size can be met with more sustainable development strategies that can bring people closer together while conserving natural spaces.