Archbold Biological Station’s Plant Ecology Program conducts basic and applied research that focuses on four areas:
Plant population biology, plant demography, and population viability
Conservation biology and management of plants and plant communities
Fire ecology and management
Restoration ecology and reintroductions
Our main focus is on plants of Florida scrub and related ecosystems. We largely work on the Lake Wales Ridge in south-central Florida. Our research includes long-term data collection, field and laboratory experiments, and population modeling.Our long-term datasets provide opportunities for fruitful collaborations with ecological modelers. We also work with local and national agencies to translate our research results to effective conservation and management.
Our lab has an active post-baccalaureate intern program. Interns are usually recently graduated undergraduates who desire research experience before entering graduate school. An internship offers an opportunity to conduct a substantial, independent research project (including picking and designing a project, collecting and analyzing data, and summarizing the results orally and in written form). Interns also assist in lab projects and gain experience in myriad ecological, statistical, and modeling techniques. We also advise graduate students conducting research at Archbold or elsewhere while obtaining degrees from universities across the country and globe. Our interns and graduate students have continued on to be successful and productive ecological researchers and conservation biologists.