Lab News

  • 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.

  • 4/2014 – Katie headed to Rutgers

    Undergraduate honors student in the lab Katie Nickerson has accepted a position to attend graduate school at Rutgers starting in fall 2014.

  • 4/2014 – Excellence Award

    Dr. Flory was awarded a 2014 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors from the UF Office of the Provost

  • 4/2014 – Kerry presents at post doc symposium

    Dr. Kerry Stricker presented exciting new findings on pathogen diversity and distribution on invasive Microstegium at the competitive UF Post Doc Research Symposium.

  • 2/2014 – Seminar at USF

    Luke just returned from giving the departmental seminar at the USF Department of Integrative Biology. Excellent research happening at USF on disease ecology, population biology, and ecological genomics.

  • 1/2014 – Seminar at Auburn

    Luke is off to Auburn University to give a seminar in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

  • 12/2013 – New Paper in Journal of Ecology

    Luke and Jonathan Bauer (Indiana University) have a new paper just out in Journal of Ecology showing Microstegium can facilitate garlic mustard invasions – apparently by suppressing resident competitors and increasing light availability.


Research in the Flory Lab is primarily focused on understanding the ecology of non-native plant invasions including questions such as: “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?”

Current members of our lab group are evaluating the accumulation of pathogens on invasive species, the interaction between climate change and plant invasions, invasion risk of non-native plants, forest restoration in the Colombian Andes, and the ecosystem consequences of grazing management.

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.