Scott Markwith, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
The preeminent research theme of FAU's Biogeography Lab located in the Department of Geosciences is examination of the dynamics of spatial and temporal processes and patterns in the modern natural world in order to inform effective management of human activities for a sustainable future and the conservation of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems in the face of unprecedented natural system alteration, especially where disturbed by a legacy of mismanagement, exploitation, development, fragmentation, invasive species, and damming and other hydrologic alterations. The lab approaches research problems by bridging disciplinary boundaries and utilizing theory, methodology, and techniques from Biogeography, Socio-ecological Systems and Human-Environment Interactions, Geomorphology, GIS/Remote Sensing, Population and Conservation Genetics, Ecology, Forestry, and others.
Along that vein of interdisciplinarity, the practice, process, and effects of environmental restoration are increasingly important globally and in particular in our backyard in South Florida, i.e. the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. Dr. Markwith introduced two graduate seminar courses, Environmental Restoration and Restoration Implementation and Management, that also serve as two of the core courses for an Environmental Restoration Certificate program he designed and that is adminstered by the Environmental Sciences Program at FAU. Much of the lab's research program has included work with the Everglades, Kissimmee River, and Lake Worth Lagoon restoration projects.
Lab Research In The Media!
Independent - Boyle, L. Jan. 12, 2022. Solar farms found to block routes of endangered Florida panthers, scientists discover.
Courthouse News Service - Canfield, S. Jan. 12, 2022. Expansion of solar power may come at expense of Florida panther.
G1/Globo - Naujorks, J. Nov. 20, 2018. 'Rodovia da Morte': seis animais morrem atropelados por dia na BR-262 que cruza o Pantanal de MS.
New York Times - Boyle, R. Nov. 12, 2018. In Brazil, animals cross a road of no return.
Favorite Geographic Quote
"The imaginary lines on the earth's surface only needed to be unimagined. The airborne birds skipped them by nature. How mad the frontiers had seemed..., and would to Man if he could learn to fly."
The Once and Future King, T. H. White (1939).