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Scott L. Stewart: Curriculum Vitae

This page contains an abbreviated form of my current Curriculum Vitae. If you are interested in any specific information found here, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (August 2007)
    Major Professor: Michael Kane, Assistant Chair and Professor
    Dissertation: Integrated conservation of Florida Orchidaceae—ecology, growth, and development in the genera Habenaria and Spiranthes
  • B.S. Illinois College, Biology & Chemistry Department (May 2002)
    Advisor: Lawrence Zettler, Associate Professor
    Undergraduate Research: Symbiotic propagation and reintroduction of North American native Orchidaceae—Spiranthes, Platanthera, Piperia, and Habenaria species

Professional Experience

  • Muriel Rumsey Research Assistant, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (August 2006 to present)
  • Project Co-Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (April 2002 to present). Scientific director of the Native Orchid Restoration and Recovery Project. Supervisors: Layne Hamilton, Refuge Manager & Larry Richardson, Wildlife Biologist
  • Consulting Research Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (May 2002 to present). Designed and directed research activities to study and propagate rare and endangered flora, specifically native Orchidaceae. Advised on research activities to restore wetland areas. Supervisor: Larry Richardson, Wildlife Biologist
  • Consultant, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park & Cayman Island Orchid Society (March 2003 to present). Assisted in the design, initial implementation, and evaluation of an orchid conservation and propagation program in the Cayman Islands. Trained 15 volunteers in aspects of orchid seed germination, orchid tissue culture, laboratory maintenance, and record keeping
  • Alumni Fellow, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (August 2002 to August 2006)
  • Chief Research Biologist, Native Orchid Restoration Project (May 2002 to August 2003). Directed research activities to study native orchid biology in south Florida
  • Research Technician, Morton Arboretum (August 1999 to May 2002). Stationed at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. Responsible for the development of a symbiotic seed germination protocol for the federally threatened native orchid, Platanthera leucophaea. Supervisors: Lawrence Zettler, Associate Professor (Illinois College) & Marlin Bowles, Research Associate (Morton Arboretum)
  • Research Assistant, Illinois College, Department of Biology (August 1998 to May 2002). Responsible for the day-to-day research activities of up to four undergraduate researchers working on various native orchid propagation studies. Supervisor: Lawrence Zettler, Associate Professor

Teaching Experience

  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (January 2005 to present). PLS 4242: Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops; PLS 5241: Advanced Plant Micropropagation
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (January 2004 to present). ORH 1030: Plants, Gardens & You; PLS 4242: Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops; PLS 5241: Advanced Plant Micropropagation
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department (May 2005 to December 2005). ORH 1030: Plants, Gardens & You. Non-major departmental recruitment course taught three times per year
  • Undergraduate Guest Lecturer, Illinois College, Department of Biology (August 1999 to May 2002). BIOL 105: Introduction to Biology (Lecture & Lab); BIOL 109: Plants and Society (Lecture & Lab); BIOL 324: Ecology (Lab Only)
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Illinois College, Department of Biology (August 2000 to May 2002). BIOL 205: Zoology; PHYH 325: Introduction to Anatomy; PHYH 330: Human Sexuality
  • Writing Consultant, Illinois College, Illinois College Writing Center (August 1998 to May 2002). Responsible for in-class writing workshops in the following courses—ENG 121: Freshman Composition; ENG 205: Intermediate Writing; ENG 208: Argumentative Writing; ENG 308: Non-fiction Writing; CHEM 150: History of Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Guest Lecturer, Illinois College, English Department (January 1998 to May 2001). ENG 121: Freshman Composition; ENG 205: Intermediate Writing
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Illinois College, English Department (January 1998 to May 2001). ENG 121: Freshman Composition; ENG 205: Intermediate Writing; ENG 208: Argumentative Writing; ENG 316: Rhetorical Theory

Service

Departmental Committees (University of Florida)

  • Graduate student representative to committee—Environmental Horticulture Department Search and Screen Committee, Sustainable Urban Landscape Conservation Associate Professor/Director of the Center for Landscape Ecology and Conservation (August 2006 to present)
  • Graduate student representative to faculty—Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association (November 2005 to present)
  • Graduate student representative to committee—Environmental Horticulture Department Curriculum Review Committee (August 2005 to present)
  • Graduate student representative to committee—Environmental Horticulture Department Search and Screen Committee, Environmental Plant Propagation and Identification Assistant Professor position (October 2005 to April 2006)

Departmental Service (University of Florida)

  • Historian—Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida (August 2006 to present)
  • Web site director—Plant Restoration, Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology Program, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida (August 2004 to present)

National Committees

  • Representative to committee—Long Range Planning Committee, Society for In Vitro Biology (September 2006 to present)
  • Co-Chair—Student Committee, Society for In Vitro Biology (June 2006 to present)
  • Co-Chair—Student Mentoring Symposium, Society for In Vitro Biology Educational Committee, Society for In Vitro Biology (June 2006 to present)
  • Representative to committee—Education Committee, Society for In Vitro Biology (June 2006 to present)
  • Representative to committee—Native Orchid Conference Conservation Committee, Native Orchid Conference, Inc. (June 2006 to present)

Workshops

  • Tools in orchid conservation—asymbiotic seed germination; Coordinator (7-11 December 2006) Cayman Island Orchid Society & Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands
  • Isolating orchid mycobionts; Coordinator (17 November 2006) Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Introducing plant tissue culture in the classroom. Assistant Coordinator (17-20 July 2006) Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Symbiotic orchid seed germination methods—roll in native orchid conservation; Coordinator (16 August 2005) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Introducing plant tissue culture in the classroom; Assistant Coordinator (25-28 June 2005) Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Modern methods in symbiotic orchid propagation; Coordinator (15 June 2004) 2nd Annual International Orchid Conservation Congress, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Propagation of native orchids using fungi: a workshop on modern methods of orchid propagation; Coordinator (8-10 August 2002) Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida
  • Critiquing science writing for the non-science person; Coordinator (1 November 2001) Campus Writing Center, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

Research Interests

  • Integrated conservation and species conservation of rare, endangered, and/or commercially exploited Orchidaceae through symbiotic and asymbiotic seed germination, micropropagation, genetic diversity analysis, pollination biology, and plant translocation.
  • Conservation, distribution, and specificity of orchid mycobionts in the natural landscape.
  • Growth and development of North American terrestrial and epiphytic Orchidaceae as ecological indicators within the natural landscape.
  • Propagation and translocation methods for North American native Orchidaceae.
  • Application of integrated conservation framework and methodology to rare and endangered, threatened, and/or commercially exploited native plants.
  • Collaboration with ecosystem and landscape level ecologists to answer questions of species function and conservation within natural or restored systems.

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

In Preparation

  • Zettler LW, Ortega-Larrocea P, Piskin KA & Stewart SL (2007) The status of orchid conservation in North America, including Mexico. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Ecology of a rare terrestrial orchid in Florida, Habenaria macroceratitis (Orchidaceae) I—conservation status. Plant Ecology
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Ecology of a rare terrestrial orchid in Florida, Habenaria macroceratitis (Orchidaceae) II—pollination biology. Plant Ecology
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Conservation status of Spiranthes floridana (Orchidaceae), the Florida ladies’-tresses. Biological Conservation
  • Stewart SL, Richardson L & Kane ME (2006) A novel method for the introduction of epiphytic orchids. Selbyana

Under Review or Accepted

  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Symbiotic seed germination and evidence for mycobiont specificity between two closely-related Florida terrestrial orchids, Spiranthes brevilabris and Spiranthes floridana (Orchidaceae)—implications for their conservation. In Vitro Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology (under review)
  • Zettler LW, Poulter SB, McDonald KI & Stewart SL (2006) Conservation-driven propagation of Epidendrum nocturnum (Orchidaceae) with a mycorrhizal fungus. HortScience (accepted)

Published

  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Symbiotic seed germination of Habenaria macroceratitis (Orchidaceae), a rare Florida terrestrial orchid. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 86: 159-167
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) Asymbiotic seed germination and in vitro seedling development of Habenaria macroceratitis (Orchidaceae), a rare Florida terrestrial orchid. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 86: 147-158
  • Zettler LW, Piskin K, Stewart SL, Bowles ML & Bell TJ (2005) In situ germination of a Federally threatened orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), and a technique to establish mycotrophic seedlings on soil. Studies in Mycology 53: 163-171
  • Stewart SL, Zettler LW, Minso J & Brown PM (2003) Symbiotic germination and reintroduction of Spiranthes brevilabris Lindley, an endangered orchid native to Florida. Selbyana 24: 64-70
  • Stewart SL (2003) The successful reintroduction of the short-lipped ladies’-tresses to Florida, USA: implications for the future of native orchid restoration. In: Soorae PS (ed.) Reintroduction NEWS, No. 22, Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group (pp. 21-22)
  • Zettler LW, Stewart SL, Bowles ML & Jacobs KA (2001) Mycorrhizal fungi and cold-assisted symbiotic germination of the Federally threatened eastern prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley. American Midland Naturalist 145: 168-175
  • Stewart SL & Zettler LW (2001) Symbiotic germination of three semi-aquatic rein orchids (Habenaria repens, H. quinqueseta, H. macroceratitis) from Florida. Aquatic Botany 72: 25-35
  • Yoder JA, Zettler LW & Stewart SL (2000) Water requirements of terrestrial and epiphytic orchid seeds and seedlings, and evidence for water uptake by means of mycotrophy. Plant Science 156: 145-150

Peer-Reviewed Teaching Publications

In Preparation

  • Kauth PJ, Johnson TR, Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) A classroom exercise in hand pollination and in vitro asymbiotic seed germination of orchids. In Vitro Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Kane ME, Stewart SL, Kauth PJ & Johnson TR (2006) A novel teaching exercise to demonstrate synthetic seed technology. In Vitro Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology

Popular Publications

  • Brown PM & Stewart SL (2005) Two new hybrids in the genus Platanthera. North American Native Orchid Journal 9: 35
  • Stewart SL (2002) Saving a native orchid. Orchids 71: 916-919
  • Stewart SL (2000) Symbiotic seed germination of the Federally threatened eastern prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley, and notes on the germination of three Habenaria species from Florida. North American Native Orchid Journal 6: 180-192
  • Stewart SL (2000) A summary of the 5th Annual North American Native Orchid Conference. North American Native Orchid Journal 6: 171-178

Published Abstracts

Accepted

  • Stewart SL (2008) Conserving Florida’s native orchids—lessons learned for future generations. World Orchid Conference 2008
  • Stewart SL (2007) Orchid conservation in the Americas—lessons learned in Florida. 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress

Published

  • Stewart SL (2006) Symbiotic and asymbiotic orchid seed germination as tools in conservation. In Vitro 42:14-A
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) In vitro specificity exhibited by fungal mycobionts of Spiranthes floridana (Orchidaceae) within the congener Spiranthes brevilabris. In Vitro 42:37-A
  • Kane ME, Philman NL, Kauth P, Shen X, Sleszynski P, Stewart SL & Valero-Aracama C (2006) Comparative in vitro shoot multiplication, rooting and ex vitro acclimatization of sea oats (Uniola paniculata L.) genotypes. In Vitro 42:24-A
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2005) In vitro seed germination and seedling development of Habenaria macroceratitis, an endangered terrestrial orchid. In Vitro 41: 27-A
  • Wagoner CS, Stice AL, Stewart SL & Zettler LW (2002) Seed propagation of Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich. (Orchidaceae) using mycorrhizal fungi from two genera (Epulorhiza and Ceratorhiza). Southeastern Biology 49: 161
  • Stewart SL, Zettler LW, Bowles ML & Jacobs KA (2001) Cold-assisted symbiotic germination and mycorrhizal fungi of a Federally threatened orchid (Platanthera leucophaea). Southeastern Biology 48: 150
  • Minso J, Stewart SL, Zettler LW & Brown PM (2001) Seed germination and reintroduction of an endangered orchid (Spiranthes brevilabris) from Florida. Southeastern Biology 48: 167
  • Zettler LW, Maxwell EL & Stewart SL (2001) Do herbarium specimens harbor viable orchid seed and mycorrhizal fungi for conservation? Southeastern Biology 48: 149
  • Hudgens HA, Stewart SL & Zettler LW (2001) Symbiotic germination in the rein orchids (Habenaria spp.), and a description of orchid mycorrhizal fungi from Florida. Southeastern Biology 48: 166
  • Stewart SL, Zettler LW, Bowles ML & Jacobs KA (2000) Refining the techniques of symbiotic seed germination of a Federally threatened orchid, Platanthera lecuophaea (Nuttall) Lindley. Association of Southeastern Biologists Bulletin 47: 146

Conference Proceedings

Submitted & In Press

  • Stewart SL (2007) Orchid conservation in the Americas—lessons learned in Florida. Proceedings of the 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress. Lankesteriana

Book Chapters

  • Kauth PJ, Dutra D, Johnson TR, Stewart SL, Kane ME & Vendrame WA (2007) Techniques and applications of in vitro orchid seed germination. In: da Silva T (ed.) Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: Advances and Topical Issues, Global Science Books, United Kingdom (in preparation)
  • Kane ME, Kauth P & Stewart SL (2007) Micropropagation. In: Preece JE, Beyl C & Trigian R (eds.) Plant Propagation Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, CRC Press, Florida (in press)
  • Stewart SL (2006) Symbiotic orchid seed germination techniques. In: Hicks AJ (ed.) Asymbiotic Techniques of Orchid Seed Germination, Orchid Seedbank Project, Arizona (in press)

Contracted Reports

  • Stewart SL (2004) An orchid flora of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Other Texts

  • Stewart SL (2006+) Flora of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge: Orchidaceae. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Stewart SL (2004) Symbiotic techniques in orchid seed germination. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Grants

Submitted & Under Review

  • Kane ME, Johnson T & Stewart SL (2007) $43,739. Seed ecology, habitat characterization, and reintroduction methods of rare and endangered Florida Orchidaceae—Bletia purpurea and Eulophia alta. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Awarded

  • Kane ME & Stewart SL (2006) $24,500. Status, ecology, and conservation of rare and endangered Florida Orchidaceae—Bletia purpurea. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (awarded & in process)
  • Kane ME, Dutra, D & Stewart SL (2006) $26,300. Restoration of native orchids on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kane ME & Stewart SL (2005) $20,422. Status, ecology, propagation science, and recovery plan of imperiled Florida Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana. Florida Division of Forestry
  • Kane ME & Stewart SL (2005) $23,603. Conservation, ecology and propagation of Florida Orchidaceae—Spiranthes odorata and Eulophia alta. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kane ME & Stewart SL (2004) $2,400. Status, pollination ecology, and genetic diversity of endangered Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana. San Diego County Orchid Society
  • Stewart SL (2001) $2,000. Symbiotic seed germination of five terrestrial orchids native to the Pacific Northwest (Piperia elegans, P. elongata, P. unalascensis, P. transversa, P. candida) using their mycorrhizal symbionts. Northwest Orchid Society
  • Zettler LW & Stewart SL (2000) $858. Propagation of Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley and Spiranthes brevilabris Lindley utilizing mycorrhizal fungi. San Diego County Orchid Society

Grant Reports

  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (April 2006) Status, pollination biology, and genetic diversity of endangered Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana. Final report to the San Diego County Orchid Society
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (September 2006) Conservation, ecology and propagation of Florida Orchidaceae—Eulophia alta and Cyrtopodium punctatum. Interm report to Florida Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (August 2006) Status, ecology, propagation science, and recovery plan of imperiled Florida Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana. Interm report to Florida Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit
  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (June 2006) Status, ecology, propagation science, and recovery plan of imperiled Florida Orchidaceae: Habenaria distans, H. macroceratitis, and Spiranthes floridana. Interm report to the Florida Division of Forestry

Scientific Presentations

  • In vitro seed germination and seedling development of Habenaria macroceratitis, an endangered terrestrial orchid (June 2005) Society for In Vitro Biology, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Preliminary report on the symbiotic propagation of the genus Piperia native to Olympic National Park (June 2002) Northwest Orchid Society, Seattle, Washington
  • Reintroduction of an endangered orchid (Spiranthes brevilabris) using mycorrhizal fungi (March 2001) Florida Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, Tallahassee, Florida
  • New findings of the symbiotic germination of the eastern prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley, and preliminary findings on five species of Piperia native to Washington (September 2001) 6th Annual North American Native Orchid Conference, Acton, Maine
  • Cold-assisted symbiotic germination and mycorrhizal fungi of a federally threatened orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) (April 2001) Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Refining the techniques of symbiotic seed germination of a federally threatened orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley (April 2000) Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Invited Scientific Presentations

  • Gators, Florida Panthers, and Orchids (June 2006) Native Orchid Conference, Ashland, Oregon
  • Symbiotic and asymbiotic orchid seed germination as tools in conservation (June 2006) Society for In Vitro Biology, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • An update on the symbiotic germination of the federally threatened eastern prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (Nuttall) Lindley, and notes on the germination of three Habenaria species from Florida (July 2000) 5th Annual North American Native Orchid Conference, Olympic National Park, Washington

Invited Popular Presentations

  • Orchid seed germination (March 2006) Orchid Short Course, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Ecology of Florida orchids (September 2005) Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, Florida
  • Native orchids: their culture and conservation (March 2004) Orchid Short Course, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Fungi and orchids: an unlikely alliance (March 2004) Department of Plant Pathology Seminar Series, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Symbiotic orchid propagation and its role in native orchid conservation (April 2003) Orchid Short Course, Environmental Horticulture Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Native orchid research at Illinois College and a tour of the orchids of Illinois (April 2002) Prairie State Orchid Society, Springfield, Illinois
  • Growing endangered orchids at Illinois College (November 2001) Science and Mathematics Colloquium, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Growing native orchids with fungi (July 2001) Northwest Orchid Society, Seattle, Washington
  • Morphology of new world orchids (August 1999) Prairie State Orchid Society, Springfield, Illinois

Posters

  • Stewart SL & Kane ME (2006) In vitro specificity exhibited by fungal mycobionts of Spiranthes floridana (Orchidaceae) within the congener Spiranthes brevilabris. Society for In Vitro Biology Annual Meeting, June 3-7, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Stewart SL, Johnson T, Dutra D, Kane M & Richardson L (2006) Ecology, propagation and conservation of Eulophia alta L., a threatened Florida orchid. Coordinating Committee Meeting, Florida Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, April 13, Gainesville, Florida
  • Philman NL, Kane ME, Valero-Aracama C, Bartuska C, Stewart SL, Sleszynski P & Davis R (2004) Characterization and selection of Uniola paniculata L. genotypes for enhanced dune restoration. 1st National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, December 6-10, Orlando, Florida

Research Cited by Media

  • Hope grows (30 October 2006) Naples Daily News, Naples, Florida
  • Environmental Horticulture Meets Conservation: Ph.D. Student Scott Stewart (January 2006) Vol. 11, No. 2 Bulletin of the Environmental Horticulture Department, Gainesville, Florida
  • Native Orchids Reintroduced to Florida in Collier County (12 November 2005) ABC 7 News, Naples, Florida
  • Delicate Blooms: South Florida’s Native Orchids (9 September 2005) In Focus on the Environment, WGCU Public Media (syndicated by American Public Television 26 June 2006 for national distribution)
  • Efforts to Restore Florida’s Orchids into the Wild (23 May 2005) All Things Considered, National Public Radio
  • Project Looks to Protect Orchid in Southwest Florida Swamps (29 April 2005) WINK TV News, Naples, Florida
  • Orchid Recovery Program Blossoms in the Everglades (14 April 2005) Marco Island Sun Times, Marco Island, Florida
  • Conserving Florida’s Native Orchids One Petal at a Time (Spring 2005) Vol. 5, No. 1 Excel, University of Florida Graduate School, Gainesville, Florida
  • Delicate Affair (February/March 2005) Vol. 43, No. 2 National Wildlife Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, Virginia
  • In a Florida Refuge, Orchestrating Orchids (21 January 2003) Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  • The Orchid Rescue: The Native Orchid Restoration Project Seeds to Rediscover and Restore Lost Orchids of the Region (27 October 2002) Naples Daily News, Naples, Florida
  • Coxed to Life (3 June 2001) Springfield State Journal Register, Springfield, Illinois
  • Saving Orchids (4 July 1999) Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Illinois

Reviewer of Scholarly Works

  • Reviewer (2006 to present). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture
  • Reviewer (2005 to present). SIDA, Contributions to Botany

Reviewer of Scholarly Books

  • Reviewer (2006) Wild Orchids of Texas, Author: Paul Martin Brown. University Press of Florida
  • Reviewer (2005) Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States North of Peninsular Florida, Author: Paul Martin Brown. University Press of Florida

Awards and Honors

  • University of Florida Alpha Zeta Graduate Student of the Year (2006)
  • University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association Outstanding Member (2005)
  • 58th Annual Miami International Orchid Show, 1st Place Educational Exhibit (2003)
  • Illinois College Sokolis Prize in Ecological Consciousness (2002)
  • Illinois College Hero (2002)
  • North American Native Orchid Alliance Orchid Researcher of the Year (2001)

Scholarhships

  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Travel Scholarship (2005)
  • University of Florida Graduate Student Council Travel Scholarship (2005)
  • University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Jasper Joiner Travel Scholarship (2005 & 2006)
  • University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association Travel Scholarship (2005)
  • American Orchid Society World Orchid Conference Scholarship (2003-2004 & 2004-2005)
  • Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Scholarship (2003)
  • Illinois College Travel Grant (2001)
  • Morton Arboretum Travel Scholarship (2001)

Governmental Lobbying Activity

  • University of Florida Legislative Gator Day Participant. Tallahassee, Florida (2005)

Society Memberships

  • American Orchid Society
  • Native Orchid Conference, Inc.
  • Orchid Digest Group
  • Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN World Conservation Union
  • Society of In Vitro Biology
  • UF Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association