Environmental Science, Political Science
Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
Gain experience through research and internships in the fields of environmental science, public policy, and law.
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Advanced Placement Scholar with honor (2009)
- Dean's List (2010-2011)
- William Bartram Undergraduate Scholarship in Environmental Science (2011)
- Habitat for Humanity (2007-Present)
- College Democrats (2010-Present)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon (2011-Present)
Dr. Michelle Mack’s Ecosystem Ecology Lab, Spring 2010 Habitat for Humanity, Fall 2007 - present Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge - New Orleans, Spring Break 2011 College Advising Speaker at Forrest High School, Jacksonville, FL.
Hobbies and Interests
- Hiking, playing golf, and traveling.
Comparing floodplain forest vegetation dynamics in Ruellia tweediana invaded and non-invaded land using a seed bank study
The storm water from the City of Gainesville flows from lawns and streets into the Sweetwater Branch Creek system, which travels south into the forest north of Paynes Prairie. The storm water carries with it seeds of plants used for landscaping purposes, Ruellia tweediana is one of the landscaping species common to Gainesville. R. tweediana is not native to Florida and quite invasive in natural areas. The storm water in the creek system deposits the seeds on the forest floor during high volume times, due to flooding. Thus, R. tweediana has spread over the floor of the forest, creating cover that may prevent the growth of natural species, due to decreased light availability and nutrient enrichment that favors R. tweediana. The research objective is to determine forest vegetation dynamics between land that is invaded and non-invaded with R. tweediana, with the broad intent to inform management of R. tweediana invaded areas. Seed bank studies can yield information about the dynamics and distribution of plant populations. Collecting soil samples from the site, and then planting that soil in a greenhouse to encourage germination of the seeds, provides information about potential species composition of the plant community. Following germination, the plant becomes recognizable for proper identification. The data collected concerning the species grown from each sample core in the greenhouse is then quantified and analyzed. In summary, this study is looking at R. tweediana in Gainesville, Florida. A seed bank is being used to examine the variables in this experiment. This study is important because, R. tweediana has been classified as a Category 1 plant by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, meaning that R. tweediana is capable of “altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives” (FLEPPC, 2009).