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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


Rabindra Parajuli


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

B.S. Tribhuvan University


Rabindra is originally from the Nepal Himalayas. For his MS thesis, he assessed the nurse effect of Himalayan native Berberis shrubs on plant diversity, including medicinal herbs and high conservation value species, in the stressful environments of the Himalayas. His Ph.D. research is focused on forest ecosystems to investigate the benefits of dead wood for biodiversity conservation and as carbon stocks, influence on mega wildfires, and its management for wildfire risk and carbon emission reduction.

Amber Graham-Moore

M.S. student, Spring 2020 - Present
B.S. Florida Atlantic University


Amber is currently involved with the ecological monitoring of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project as an environmental scientist for FAU Center for Environmental Studies in contract with the South Florida Water Management District. She is the lead scientist on the River Channel Littoral Vegetation survey. For her thesis research she plans to focus on hydrological impacts on the vegetation communities of the Kissimmee River Valley.


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.


Lab Alumni

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


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: South Florida Water Management District

Adam Kobylski


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

Employer post-graduation: Tow Boat US


Mason Smith

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

B.S. University of Central Florida

Employer post-graduation: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Garren Mezza


M.S. Environmental Sciences, FAU, Fall 2012

B.S. Florida State University

Employer post-graduation: Enercon Services, Inc.

Asha Paudel


Ph.D. student, Summer 2017 - Spring 2022

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

Employer post-graduation: Colorado State University, Postdoc

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