SFRC Postdoctoral Associates
Fire Ecology Lab
Carolina is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Raelene Crandall’s lab. She is currently investigating how above and below ground biotic interactions and fire regimes affect plant population dynamics. Before joining the Crandall lab, she received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University where she studied the effects of wildlife mass mortality events on scavenger behavior and plant communities.
The Valle Lab
Josh Cullen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Denis Valle. He is currently developing Bayesian statistical methods to identify the underlying behavioral state of animals from their GPS tracks. This work is being done in collaboration with Robert Fletcher in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation to evaluate the movement patterns of an endangered raptor species.
Fire Ecology Lab
Jennifer is a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Raelene Crandall’s lab, where she studies how interactions among fire and plants influence the resilience of pine savannas. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina Columbia where she studied southeastern USA pine savanna ecology, restoration and management. For her first postdoc at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, she studied invasive plants and fire management in fynbos and savanna landscapes. Her research interests are broadly concerned with the ecology and management of fiery ecosystems.
Global Forest Dynamics Lab
Dr. Pandit is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Dr. Daniel Johnson in the Global Forest Dynamics Lab. His primary area of interest is in understanding the impact of disturbances on vegetation dynamics using empirical, geospatial and process-based modeling. He is currently investigating shift in forest species composition and age-size structure for various natural and anthropogenic disturbances and forecasting forest dynamics under the influence of Brown-Spot Needle Blight in loblolly pines for different climatic conditions. Dr. Pandit received his Ph.D. in Forest Monitoring, Analysis, & Modeling from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Before joining this lab, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Boise State University, in improving dynamic global vegetation model for shrub and juniper dominated ecosystems, to predict gross primary production (GPP) and fire impacts for these ecosystems.
H. Andrew Lassiter
Geospatial Mapping & Applications (GMAP) Laboratory
Andrew is a postdoctoral researcher in the Geospatial Mapping & Applications (GMAP) Lab working with Ben Wilkinson. The lab’s current focus is UAS lidar mapping for coastal ecosystems along Florida’s gulf coast. Andrew began his UAS research in 2016, joining UF UAS Research Program to research the collection of 3D data using both lidar and structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry over forested areas. He has developed sensor modeling software for lidar and photogrammetric data collection to determine best practices for UAS remote sensing. His past research also includes semi-automated estimation of key traits of trees from 3D point clouds, such as stem count, stem height, and DBH. In addition to instructing Forest Mensuration (FOR3430) in 2019, Andrew has served as a teaching assistant for the courses of Advanced Photogrammetry, Forest Resource Information Systems, Spatial Measurement Systems, and Geomatics. Andrew began his geospatial career as a land surveying technician in Panama City, Florida, in both the public and private sectors.
Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SPEC) Lab
Gabriel Prata is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SPEC) Lab working with Eben Broadbent. Gabriel is a forest engineer, and received his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD all in Forestry and at University of Sao Paulo, ESALQ, Forest Department. He is working with remote sensing, more precisely with Gatoreye Data, that joins LiDAR and Hyperspacral data, collected using a drone. His main project is focused on forest damages and recovery after Hurricane Michael in the north of Florida State in 2018.
Xiaohui (Sherry) Qiao
Marine Geomatics Lab
Sherry is a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Vincent Lecours’ lab, where she works on the development of web-based geovisualization tools for UF/IFAS Extension and its stakeholders. The webGIS will serve as a tool for informed decision-making in relation to the 2023-2028 University of Florida Extension Roadmap, and will communicate the baseline socio-economic and demographic conditions within which UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension operates. Sherry earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University, where her research mainly focused on hydroinformatics and webGIS development. She devoted her efforts to several research projects that emphasize on geospatial computing, web services/apps, and cyberinfrastructure development to support environmental research. Her primary research interest is to leverage interdisciplinary technologies (GIS, data science, informatics) to solve research questions in agriculture and environmental science.
Forest Genomics Laboratory
Paolo Triozzi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Matias Kirst. Before joining the University of Florida, Paolo received a doctoral degree in the graduate program in Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He is currently working on the NitFix project. The main purpose of his research is to introduce nodulation capabilities in trees of the genus Populus, which includes the main short-rotation woody bioenergy species in the U.S.