Lab News

  • 11/2014 – new IFAS Assessment web site

    After more than a year of work from Tom Reno and Deah Lieurance we have launched the new IFAS Assessment web site: Check it out!

  • 11/2014 – new paper in Global Ecology and Conservation

    James’s paper on the mechanisms and impacts of Imperata cylindrica (cogongrass) invasions is now online here!

  • 10/2014 – EPPO

    Luke is just back from a week in Paris where he served on an expert working group with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization to evaluate the invasion risk of Microstegium in Europe.

  • 10/2014 – new paper in Ecology

    Chris’s paper is out in Ecology! “Combining mesocosm and field experiments to predict invasive plant performance: A hierarchical Bayesian approach”, Chris Wilson, T. Trevor Caughlin, David J. Civitello, S. Luke Flory, doi:

  • 8/2014 – ESA Sacramento

    Kerry, Chris, and Luke all presented at the Ecological Society of America conference in Sacramento, CA. Kerry’s presentation on pathogen accumulation was part of a organized session on novel pathogens and Chris presented on how to combine datasets using hierarchical models to predict invasive plant fecundity.

  • 8/2014 – TIPS Toronto

    Luke presented at the Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species II conference in Toronto, Canada on how the emergence and accumulation of novel pathogens may suppress an invasive grass.

  • 5/2014 – REU student

    Amy Conant is visiting the lab this summer from Connecticut as an REU student working on emerging pathogens and Microstegium invasions.

  • 5/2014 – trip to Colombia

    Luke made a week-long trip to Colombia to visit the farms where Bryan is working and to plan his field experiment. Amazing landscapes in the Andes and innovative agroecology. Photos soon!

  • 4/2014 – Drew lands research grant

    Incoming MS student Drew Hiatt received the 2014 Julia Morton Invasive Plant Research Grant from FLEPPC.

  • 4/2014 – FLEPPC presentations

    James and Deah both gave excellent presentations at the 2014 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council meeting in Safety Harbor, FL.


Research in the Flory Lab at the University of Florida covers a wide variety of topics in plant and ecosystem ecology with a strong focus on non-native plant invasions and agroecology.

Some of the primary questions we address include: “Which species are likely to become invasive and what habitats are susceptible to invasions?” “How do plant invasions impact communities and ecosystem processes?” and “How will plant invasion dynamics and interactions with native species change over the long-term?” In our current NSF-funded projects we are evaluating how the emergence and accumulation of novel pathogens might suppress an invasive grass and where and how invasions might have the greatest ecosystem impacts.

Lab members are working on various basic and applied plant and ecosystem ecology questions in diverse systems including silvopastures in the Colombian Andes, managed grassland systems in south Florida, novel ecosystems in the Galapagos, pine forests in north Florida, and deciduous forests throughout the eastern US.

In general, our research group seeks to advance general ecological knowledge of plant communities and to answer applied questions that are relevant to natural areas management, restoration, and conservation.