Raiza Castillo, PhD. – Horticultural Science, University of Florida
Research Interests: functional anatomy, plant hydraulics, gas exchange, plant-insect interactions
Favorite Plant: Bromeliads
Claudia J. Garnica Díaz, M.Sc. Biology, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus
Research Interests: environmental gradients, functional ecology, plant physiology, unusual soils adaptation, drought resistance
Favorite plant: Passiflora alata
Brian Branstetter– Biology Major and Theatre Minor, Pre-Med Track
Interests: Hiking, photography, film analysis, poetry, coffee
Favorite Movie: Lady Bird
Anne Margaret Harrison – Business Administration, Pre-Dental Track
Interests: travel, exploration, hikes, service-related activities
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 16 countries!
Kateřina Jakešová– Spanish, Pre-Med Track
Interests: traveling, yoga, baking, true crime
Fun fact: studied in two schools in three languages at the same time
Ashley Schuler– Environmental Science, University Research Scholar
Research Interests: Plant anatomy, salinity, horticulture
Favorite Plant: Albizia julibrissin
Nicholas Smith – College Of Agriculture and Life Sciences Biology
I’m an undergraduate at the University of Florida entering my junior year. I have been with the lab since February of 2020 and have enjoyed working with Dr. Grace and my lab peers immensely! My main academic interests include botany (of course), psychology, and general chemistry which I volunteer as a TA for. For fun I like include hiking, gaming, fishing, and playing basketball.
Jaimie Wargo – Environmental Science and Chemistry dual major
Research Interests: biofuel, sustainability, renewable energy
Favorite Plant: Dracaena marginata
Interested in joining the John lab? The John lab is always recruiting excited minds!