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Scott H. Markwith, Ph.D.


Curriculum Vitae Link


Ph.D. University of Georgia

M.S. University of Georgia

B.A. University of Mary Washington


Research Interests


  • Ecological Biogeography

  • Environmental Restoration

  • Sustainability and Conservation

  • Human-Wildlife Interactions

  • Vegetation Dynamics and Disturbance

  • Terrestrial, Wetland, and Nearshore Environments

  • Population, Community, Ecosystem, and Landscape Level Analyses

  • Statistical, Spatial, and Ecosystem Modeling

In my lab we study the processes, natural and anthropogenic, that interact and shape the spatial patterns we see in wild populations, communities, and ecosystems and how those patterns can feedback to influence management of human systems. My interests span gradients from terrestrial to aquatic systems, with research experience in freshwater and estuarine wetland ecosystems, such as the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Indian River Lagoon, and Lake Worth Lagoon, the Pantanal of Brazil, in rivers of the southeastern Piedmont, upland forest of the Appalachian and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, and alpine zones in the Himalaya of Nepal.


Current Graduate Students


Heather Smith

Ph.D. student, Fall 2021 - Present

M.S. Florida Atlantic University

B.S. Millsaps College

Heather is developing an ecosystem model of Lake Okeechobee to measure the impacts of habitat restoration and climate change. She is interested in restoration ecology and human-environment interactions, and has conducted research on pesticide impacts on loggerhead sea turtles, wading bird prey availability, and mapped restoration projects and examined predator-prey interactions in the lower Mississippi River.

Kelly Spindler

M.S. student, Spring 2023 - Present
B.S. University of Florida


Kelly is interested in the interactions of changes in electrical power production and warm water discharges on manatee habitat and movement along with the coupled impacts of climate change on habitat suitability and use.


Jennie Paul

Ph.D. student, Fall 2023 - Present

M.S. Southeast Missouri State University

B.A. University of Jos

Research Interests

  • Ecological Biogeography

  • Environmental Education & Advocacy

  • Sustainability and Conservation

  • Human-Nature Interactions

  • Biostatistics​

Mike McCallister

Ph.D. student, Summer 2023 - Present

M.S. University of North Florida

B.A. University of Miami

Mike is a marine biologist with 11 years of experience studying south Florida marine ecosystems.  He is currently working as the Research Coordinator for the Fisheries Ecology and Conservation Lab at FAU’s HBOI campus with Dr. Matt Ajemian, and joins the Biogeography lab as a part time Ph.D. student.  His research primary research focuses include movement ecology, habitat use, foraging ecology, and predator-prey interactions of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) and commercially and recreationally important teleost fishes.  For his dissertation, Mike will be examining the spatio-temporal trends of shark depredation in Florida’s recreational fisheries, the factors influencing this human-wildlife conflict, and it’s management implications.

Lab Alumni

Mason Smith

Ph.D. student, Spring 2017 - Spring 2022
M.S. University of North Florida

B.S. University of Central Florida

Employer post-graduation: NOAA Fisheries, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

Asha Paudel


Ph.D. student, Summer 2017 - Spring 2022

M.S. Tribhuvan University
B.S. Tribhuvan University

Employer post-graduation: NextEra Company, Data Scientist

Rachael Greller


M.S. student, Spring 2017 - Spring 2019
B.S. University of West Florida

Employer post-graduation: AEGISS Inc.

Dean Monette (In memoriam: April 12, 1968 - April 7, 2022)


Ph.D. student, Fall 2009 - Fall 2014
M.S. Florida Atlantic University
B.S. Florida Atlantic University

Employer post-graduation: Ecology and Environment Inc.

Stevee (Norman) Kennard


M.S. Environmental Sciences, FAU, Spring 2013
B.S. Florida Atlantic University

Employer post-graduation: EDP Renewables

Olena Leskova

M.S. Florida Atlantic University, Summer 2018 - Spring 2020

Specialist Degree Khmelnytskyi National University
B.S. Khmelnytskyi National University

Employer post-graduation: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Adam Kobylski


M.S. Student, Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
B.S. York College of Pennsylvania

Employer post-graduation: EDC, Inc., Environmental Scientist/Biologist


Garren Mezza


M.S. Environmental Sciences, FAU, Fall 2012

B.S. Florida State University

Employer post-graduation: Enercon Services, Inc.

James Lange

M.S. student, Fall 2023 - Summer 2024
B.S. University of Florida

Employer post-graduation: Smart Sciences, Inc., Botanist/Environmental Scientist


Rabindra Parajuli


Ph.D. student, Fall 2019 - Summer 2024
M.S. Tribhuvan University

B.S. Tribhuvan University

Employer post-graduation: University of Georgia, Post-doc

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