Advisor: Raelene Crandall
Growing up in Florida has allowed me to experience some of the greatest natural areas on earth. At the same it has allowed me to witness the rapid “development” of these areas for human purposes. My passion for the natural world has culminated overtime into a drive to better understand the patterns and processes of biological communities so that we can properly restore or enhance the systems we have lost or damaged. Biological communities in Florida were once dominated by a mosaic of open and diverse plant communities reliant on lightning ignited fires. I am absorbed by how the seasonal timing of fire and soil disturbance affect the restoration of plant communities in Florida.