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A Budding Invasive Plant Researcher

Hannah Brown in one of the UF/IFAS CAIP greenhouses.

The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants appreciates the dedication and hard work brought forth by our undergraduate interns. Cape Coral native, Hannah Brown, is no exception.

As a senior double majoring in chemistry and biology, Brown accepted an internship position with the Center last summer and has grown into a budding invasive plant researcher.

During this time, Brown conducted her own study; exploring the effects of “stranded” conditions on water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

“Long story short, I am studying the desiccation tolerance, or the ability to tolerate extreme dryness, of water lettuce and water hyacinth to determine if [these invasive] plants stranded on shorelines still need to be treated with herbicides or how long do they need to be stranded until they are dead and no longer need to be treated,” Brown said.

Hannah Brown presents her internship research project findings.

“I have gained a deeper understanding of ecological systems from the perspective of plant management,” Brown said. “I’ve assisted in many set-ups, data collection, and up-keep of a variety of different projects that have given me a better understanding of the scientific method.”

Brown has learned a lot during her time at the Center under the supervision of assistant professor Candice Prince.

“She has given me fantastic advice not only on my research project that we are working on together but also with my plans after graduation. I definitely look up to her, I think she has accomplished so much.” Brown said. “I have the pleasure of working with some of the friendliest people, at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, who never hesitate to help and teach those around them.”

While working on projects at the Center, Brown has seen a variety of animals like deer, turkey, frogs (pictured), a six-spotted fishing spider, turtles, alligators, and many more.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in working with the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, email caip@ifas.ufl.edu for more information.

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