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Research in Landscape and Restoration Ecology

Effects of Fragmentation on Plant Population Dynamics
Emilio Bruna

Plants in fragmented habitats are hypothesized to be at increased risk of extinction, yet the effects of fragmentation on plant population dynamics are for the most part unexplored. Our lab is doing so, using a combination of demographic surveys, manipulative experiments, and models. Our model system is populations of the Amazonian understory herb Heliconia acuminata in 13 permanent plots at Brazil's Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project.

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Landscape Habitat Assessment
Leonard Pearlstine

My interest is in determining community spatial patterns in the landscape resulting from natural and Map showing species richness of herpetofauna in Florida as part of the Florida Gap Analysis projectanthropogenic disturbance in ecological systems and how these relate to sustainable wildlife communities, maintenance of natural processes, and habitat change. His approach has been to integrate detailed biological information with broad-scale landscape concepts and methodologies using explicitly spatial statistics and modeling.

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Agro-ecological Systems
George Tanner

Private ranches occupy a large proportion of the south Florida landscape and are comprised of many habitat types ranging from intensively managed pastures to relatively pristine natural forests, marshes and grasslands. Understanding the ecological value of these habitats to Florida's wildlife complex may aid in preserving these agro-ecological systems into the future.

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Wetlands Ecology- Conservation/Restoration
Wiley Kitchens

My research objective is to define the variables regulating ecologic structure and function of degraded wetland ecosystems and develop ecological models (from landscapes to species) in combination with spatial hydrological data at various scales. Projects are generally long-term, multidisciplinary, and targeted to resolving vegetation succession and faunal responses to large-scale perturbations. Given the complexity of wetland systems and the interactive nature of the various perturbations to which they are subjected, the projects are topically diverse, multidisciplinary, and hierarchical in spatial and temporal scope.

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