Rose Vastola

Mentor: Dr. Dr. Katerie Gladdys
College of Fine Arts
"I am interested in exploring what the University of Florida has to offer as far as extending my work and the concerns of invasive species."


Art and Technology


Art History

Research Interests

  • Invasive Species
  • Psychology
  • Unconscious

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • UF Honors





Hobbies and Interests

  • Digital Media
  • Music
  • Coding
  • Plastics

Research Description


My research project will draw parallels between humanity’s voracious appetite and its impact on the environment and the Water Hyacinth’s propensity to dominate aquatic ecosystems. I plan to show the relationship between Water Hyacinths and the environment using motion graphics and video. The project will be an immersive installation that utilizes animation and video montage to present the fears and strong emotions that surround our collective anxiety about invasive species. Specifically, I am fascinated by the ways humans and Water Hyacinths rhizomatically integrate external stimuli and information into larger systems of knowledge. My project uses the Water Hyacinth’s invasive strategies as a metaphor to understand negative feedback loops perpetuated by humans with respect to how we treat the environment.