Current Lab Members


Leah Cobb Lee

Leah is a native Floridian and a PhD in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Florida where she majored in Plant Science with a specialization in Restoration Horticulture. Leah’s Master’s research, completed in August 2015, involved identifying efficient sourcing strategies for resilient populations of sea oats in Florida and restoring coastal dune systems with respect to climate change impacts. Other passions include primary science education, grassroots ecological initiatives, and ecological anthropology.


Candice Prince

Candice is a PhD student and Alumni Fellow in the Environmental Horticulture Department. She has been involved with the Restoration and Plant Ecology lab since fall 2012, when she began researching Ruellia simplex(Mexican petunia) invasions for her undergraduate thesis. Candice graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Sciences with a focus in Restoration Horticulture in the spring of 2014. Her primary research interests are invasive species biology and management, as well as native plant restoration. For her dissertation work, Candice is studying novel invasions of Phragmites australis (common reed) in Florida wetlands.

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Allison Bechtloff

Allison is an undergraduate researcher and lab technician in the Environmental Horticulture Department (graduation date: May 2016). She joined the Restoration and Plant Ecology Lab in early 2015 while volunteering on field work with Candice Prince & Leah Cobb Lee. In addition to assisting with field work and growing invasive plants in the greenhouse, Allison is completing her Honors thesis, which will include a greenhouse competition experiment using a native salt marsh plant (Juncus romerianus) and the invasive common reed (Phragmites australis). The experiment will evaluate the ability of the plants to compete under higher water levels, as would be seen with sea level rise. Her experiment can be used as a pilot study for others in the lab as well as researchers around the United States as we expand upon the effects of climate change and subsequent sea level rise.