Dr. Carrie Reinhardt Adams

Carrie on Beach
Dr. Adams is the director of the Restoration and Plant Ecology laboratory at the University of Florida. She joined the faculty of the Environmental Horticulture Department in August 2005. Her primary research interests include applied plant ecology, wetland restoration, wetland ecology, restoration horticulture, plant conservation, invasive species control, native species establishment, revegetation of disturbed lands, and effects of disturbance on plant communities and ecosystem function.


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Water Resources Science(May 2004) Dissertation: Phalaris arundinacea Control and Implications for Wetland Restoration , Susan M. Galatowitsch, advisor.
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University, Ecology (August 1999)
    Thesis: Assessing Wetland Vegetation Response to Disturbance Using Seed Banks and Cs 137 , Charles Andrew Cole and Robert P. Brooks, co-advisors.
  • B.S. Pennsylvania State University, Environmental Resources Management (January 1997)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida (August 2005 to present)
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida (2006)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, Washington and Lee University (2004-2005)
  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota , Department of Horticultural Sciences, Applied Ecology Lab (1999-2004)
  • Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University , Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center . (1996-1999)
  • Field Research Technician, Pennsylvania State University , Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center (1994-1995)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Region 3) Environmental Services Division, Wetlands EPA/National Network for Environmental Studies (NNEMS) Graduate Fellowship (1999)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Region 3) Office of Water and Watersheds EPA/National Network for Environmental Studies (NNEMS) Undergraduate Fellowship ( 1996)
  • Soil Conservation Service Cartographic Aid : digitized data for GIS applications ( 1994-1995)
  • Schuylkill County Conservation District Conservation Specialist Intern . ( 1993)


  • Wilson, S.B., C. Reinhardt Adams, G.W. Knox and Z. Deng. Control of invasive Ruellia simplex through induced sterilization and improved managemnt in invaded natural areas. USDA Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Research., $119,901 (2010-2012)
  • Kettenring, K.M., K. mercer, J. Hines and C. Reinhardt Adams. Plant genetic diversity and ecosystem function in wetland restorations-building research capacity through pilot studies. Research Catalyst Grant, Utah State Univeristy, $19,983 (2009-2010)
  • Reinhardt Adams, C. Native species establishment following cogon grass control. Florida Department of Environmental Protection., $20,000 (2008-2010)
  • Perez, H.E., C. Reinhardt Adams, M.E. Kane, C. Larson, J. Norcini, T. Zinn. Long-Term Educational Wildflower Meadow. Florida Wildflower Advisory Council., $24,357 (2008-2010)
  • MacDonald, G., J. Ferrel and C. Reinhardt Adams. Natalgrass biology and management. Florida Division of Forestry., $1500 (2008-2009)
  • Reinhardt Adams, C., C. Moore, F. percival, S. Galatowitsch and E. Lonsdorf. Directing Succession: Adaptive Management for Reed Canary Grass Control. USGS Department of the Interior., $236,362 (2007-2011)
  • Jose, S.D. Miller, C. Rienhardt Adams, H. Perez, M. Brown, J. Alavalapati, M. Cohen, L. Kobziar, M. Bannister, O. Onokpise and L. Dimov, $600,000 (2007-2010)
  • Reinhardt Adams, C. and M. Kane. Historic Pond Restoration in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. US Fish and Wildlife Service,$29,999 (2006-2008)

Recent Extension Presentations and Workshops

  • Reinhardt Adams, C. 2010. Introduction: Locals Only? Annual Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society. Tallahassee, FL.
  • Reinhardt Adams, C. 2009. Integrating conservation, restoration, and horticulture at the University of Florida. Annual Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society. West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Villazon, K.A., C. Reinhardt Adams, and M.E. Kane. 2009. Establishing native species following invasive species removal in freshwater depression marshes and pine flatwoods. Annual Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society. West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Reinhardt Adams, C. and Steve Richardson. 2008. Restoration Workshop 2008: Native plant restoration and management in Florida and the southeast. UF Institute for Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) and Florida Institute for Phosphate Research (FIPR) Lakeland, FL.
  • Perez, H., C. Reinhardt Adams, and M. Kane. 2007. Plant restoration and conservation horticulture research consortium (poster). Annual Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society. Gainesville, FL.
  • Reinhardt Adams, C. 2007. Teaching and research in restoration plant ecology. Florida Native Plant Society, Paynes Prairie Chapter Meeting, Gainesville, FL
  • Reinhardt Adams, C., J. sharma, and K. Langeland. 2007. In-Service Training: Managment, uses, and ecological roles of aquatic systems. 2007. Extension Symposium. Gainesville, FL.

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, FOR 5157 Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2009-present).
  • Co-instructor, HOS 6932 Plant Materials for Conservation and Restoration, University of Florida , Gainesville , FL. (2009-present)
  • Instructor, HOS 6932 Advanced Ecosystem Restoration, University of Florida , Gainesville , FL. (2006-present)
  • Instructor, EVR 3323 Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration, University of Florida, Gainesville , FL. (2006-present)
  • Instructor, INTR 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies, Washington and Lee University , Lexington , VA. (2004-2005)
  • Instructor, HORT 5071 Restoration and Reclamation Ecology, University of Minnesota St. Paul , MN . (2002)
  • Course Participant, GRAD 8101 and 8102 Preparing Future Faculty for Teaching in Higher Education, University of Minnesota St. Paul, MN.(2001-2002)
  • Teaching Assistant, AG 101 Freshman Seminar and Undergraduate Opportunity, Pennsylvania State University. University Park , PA (Fall 1993)

Invited Talks

  • University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Seminar Series. Gainesville, FL. September 2009.
  • Southeast Adaptive Management Working Group. Gainesville, FL May 2009.
  • Archbold Biological Station. Spring Seminar Series. Lake Placid, FL April 2009.
  • Rutgers State University. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resource. September 2007.
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Department of Biology. April 2007.
  • University of Florida , Gainesville , FL. Department of Environmental Horticulture. November 2004.
  • Coastal Carolina University , Conway , SC. Biology Department. April 2004.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Hydrophytic Vegetation Workshop. Atlantic City , NJ . November 2002.

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for:
    – Wetlands Ecology and Management
    – Restoration Ecology
    – Environmental Management
    – Southeastern Naturalist
    – Invasive Plant Science and Management
    – Native Plants Journal
    – Ecological Restoration, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B-Plant Soil Science, and Restoration Ecology
  • IFAS Teaching Peer Review Committee
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2005: Abstract review and judging


Department Level

  • Teaching Peer Assessment Committees: Jamie Gibson (Environmental Horticulture), Gail Hansen (Environmental Horticulture)
  • Guest lectures for ORH 1030 Plants, Gardening and You, EVR Natural Resources Management, and ALS 5934 Graduate Professional Development
  • Recruiting activities (TailGATOR undergraduate orientation events, Sustainability Summit and Academic Showcase, Santa Fe Community College recruiting visitis, Gaotr Encounter Student/Parent Recruiting Fair)
  • Restoration Horticulture Track Development Committee, chair, 2006-present
  • Seminar Series Committee, chair 2006-2008
  • Graduate Student Association (EHGSA) Advisor, 2006-present
  • Capstone course committee, 2006-present
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Program Coordinator for Environmental Horticulture, 2005-present
  • Teaching Website Committee, 2005-present

College Level

  • Department of Agronomy. Invasive Plant Management Position Search Committee. 2010.
  • Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Wildlife Management and Conservation Position Search Committee. 2010.
  • Teaching Peer Assessment Committee: Emilio Bruna (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation).
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee, 2007-2009.
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Program Advisory Panel, 2008-present.
  • UF/IFAS Center for Wetlands Advisory Panel, 2007-present.
  • UNIFAS Revisions Publications section committee, non-refereed publications section chair, 2007.
  • 6th Annual IFAS Teaching Symposium: served on panel for the session on Graduate Professional Development.

Undergraduate Research Advisor

  • Candice Prince. 2013-present. Soil nutrient content of Ruellia simplex-invaded vs uninvaded floodplain forest. BS Plant Science Univeristy of Florida.
  • Will Mazzota. 2010-2011. Seed banks of Ruellia simplex and potential for invasive spread. BS Environmental Studies. Univeristy of Florida.
  • Sara Edelman. 2007-2009 Phalaris arundinacea seed bank density in 7 wet meadows. BS Environmental Studies, University of Florida.
  • Andre Bernardino. 2005. Landscape-level influence on vegetation species composition of sinkhole pond wetlands in Southwestern Virginia .BS Ecology, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Washington and Lee University (through US-Brazil Consortium).
  • Nellie Ingram. 1997. Constructing seed indentification guides for wetlands.BS Biology, Penn State University (co-advised).
  • Erin Short. 1996. Seed bank emergence studies of central Pennsylvania wetlands suggest historical species composition.BS Environmental Resources Management, Penn State University (co-advised).

Graduate Advisor

Committee Chair

  • Leah Cobb Lee, MS Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, projected 2015. Identification of efficient sourcing strategies for resilient populations of sea oats in Florida and restoration of coastal dune systems with respect to climate change impacts.
  • Adrienne Smith, PhD Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, projected 2015.
  • Antonio Crespo, PhD Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, projected 2013. Selecting restoration methods and strategies for riparian ecosystem recovery – an agrosuccessional approach for the south central Andes of Ecuador.
  • Kathryn Villazon, MS Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, 2009. Native species revegetation following invasive species control in wetlands and uplands.
  • Julie Sorenson, MS non-thesis, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, 2009. Evaluating restoration potential of floodplain forest ecosystems along the Upper Mississippi River following eradication of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea L.)

Committee Co-chair

  • Anne Frances, PhD Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, 2008. Establishing and maintaining native wildflowers on Florida roadsides.

PhD Committee Member

  • Shangchun Hu, Environmental Horticulture, Projected 2014.Ecologically sound choices for retention pond plantings.
  • Sidhanand Kukuetry, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Projected 2012. Red Sanders conservation in Southern India.
  • Brian Pearson, Environmental Horticulture, Projected 2012.Effects of landscape irrigation practices on native plant communities.
  • Tim Johnson, Environmental Horticulture. Projected 2011.The seed ecology, seed physiology and reintroduction biology of Bletia purpurea (lam.) DC. (Orchidaceae), a threatened Florida species.
  • Megan Brown, Interdisciplinary Ecology. Projected 2011.Quantifying feral hog damage in seepage slopes along the Atlantic coastal plain.
  • Kelly burkes-Cope. School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Wetland mitigation banking.
  • Phillip Kauth, Environmental Horticulture. 2010. Influence of genetics and environmental conditions on Calopogon tuberosus.
  • Natalie Boodram, Forest Resources and Conservation. 2008. Composition, structure, and spatial characteristics of riparian vegetation in Trinidad, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago : Ecological analysis as a basis for conservation and restoration planning.

MS Committee Member

  • Natalie Hooton. School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Projected 2012. Ecology of dune vegetation.
  • Courtney A. Stokes. 2010. Agronomy. Biology, ecology and management of Natalgrass (Melinis repens).
  • Ryan Eckstein, Environmental Horticulture. 2008.Effectiveness of tree stabilization products during wind loading.
  • Daniella Dutra, Environmental Horticulture. 2008. Ecology and Propagation of Cyrtopodium punctatum
  • Melissa Steinhauer, Environmental Horticulture. 2006.Factors affecting African-American visitation and attitudes towards botanic gardens.


  • Florida Native Plant Society (2008 to present)
  • American Horticultural Society of America
  • Society for Ecological Restoration (2005 to present)
  • North American College & Teachers of Agriculture (2005 to present)
  • Ecological Society of America (2003 to present)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (1998 to present)