Grace John – Principle Investigator
Phone: (352) 294-6314
Office: 310A Bartram Hall
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
Ogonna (Precious) Eli
Research Interests: functional anatomy, ecology, plant water storage and drought physiology
Tic the dog
Research Interests: soil profiles, tensile properties of fibers
Fun Fact: Is a very good dog.
Alexis Rodriguez– Botany Major
Research Interests: My research involves building a dendrochonological library using the visible patterns of tree rings in Oak species of Indiana, with hopes of determining drought tolerance relationships in and between species.
Fun fact: I speak a little bit of Japanese and hope to become more fluent!
Brian Branstetter– B.S. Biology, Theatre Minor
Interests: Hiking, photography, film analysis, poetry, coffee
Favorite Movie: Lady Bird
Check out Brian’s poster below!
Anne Margaret Harrison – B.S. Business Administration
Interests: travel, exploration, hikes, service-related activities
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 16 countries!
Kateřina Jakešová– B.S. Spanish, Pre-Med Track
Interests: traveling, yoga, baking, true crime
Fun fact: studied in two schools in three languages at the same time
Maya Olson– B.S. Biology
Research interests: leaf venation, oak diversification
Ashley Schuler– B.S., Environmental Science, University of Florida
B.A., Economics, University of Florida
Current M.S. student at the University of Michigan
Former University Research Scholar
Research Interests: Plant anatomy, salinity, horticulture
Favorite Plant: Albizia julibrissin
Check out Ashley’s poster below!
Nicholas Smith – B.S. 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.
Check out Nick’s poster below!
Jaimie Wargo – B.S. Environmental Science and B.S. Chemistry
Research Interests: biofuel, sustainability, renewable energy
Favorite Plant: Dracaena marginata
Check out Jaimie’s poster below!
Interested in joining the John lab? The John lab is always recruiting excited minds!