A primary goal of my research program (60% commitment) is to describe newly introduced aquatic and wetland plants, elucidate the processes that influence invasion and identify methods to provide adequate control of these species without causing undue harm to native plants, other aquatic organisms and the aquatic environment. I also study propagation and culture methods for native aquatic and wetland plants and work extensively with lake and aquatic habitat restoration managers to develop methods that improve the success rate of these types of projects.
My extension program (40% commitment) provides information regarding aquatic and wetland plant identification, biology, cultural requirements and impacts. Extension topics specific to native plants include propagation methods and techniques to improve the success of lake and ecosystem restoration projects. Extension topics specific to non-native plants encompass identification and control methods, including the evaluation of experimental herbicides. These efforts will increase the knowledge base of stakeholders, thus providing them with the tools needed to effectively manage Florida’s waters. I also provide leadership for the UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, which draws more than 400 licensed herbicide applicators from Florida and the southeastern US every year.
Keywords: aquatic weed control; aquatic plant propagation; lake restoration; habitat restoration; aquatic herbicides; wetland restoration; invasive species
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