Allison Betchloff

Mentor: Dr. Carrie Reinhardt Adams
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
 
"I was brought to research after spending much time in the Florida landscape and finding fewer and fewer native plants and pollinators. When I took the Ecological Restoration course in Spring 2015, I became absorbed with the idea of planting native plants in order to maintain diversity in ecosystems. I feel that research facilitated in a university setting is capable of changing the decline in native plants and to help give them a fighting chance in a changing climate. "

Major

Plant Science - Landscape & Nursery Horticulture

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Native Plant Production
  • Invasive Plant Management
  • Ecological Restoration

Academic Awards

  • Charles & Thelma Palmer Scholarship
  • Dean's List
  • Windermere Garden Club Scholarship
  • Phelps Foundation Trust Award

Organizations

  • Environmental Horticulture Club
  • Florida Native Plant Society
  • Tau Sigma Honors Society

Volunteer

N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Laughing
  • N/A

Research Description

Competition of Invasive Phragmites australis with Florida Native Plants: The Effects of Sea Level Rise
My research is based on invasive plant management and the exclusion of invasive plants using native plants in restoration projects. Our state is in danger of invasion from a highly productive and vigorous reed grass. By conducting competition studies with native and invasive plants, we will be able to provide information into the relationship between the two and how to implement resilience for the native plants in the landscape. I will perform the competition studies with an added water level treatment to test the rigor of the plants during fully saturated conditions (like those caused by sea level rise).