Brenda Thomas is an Instructor in the Department of Integrated Studies and program
Director of FGCU’s capstone course, University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future. Brenda’s
previous research focused on the response of plant communities in the southeastern
United States to natural and anthropogenic disturbance. More recently, her research
has focused on sustainability education and student engagement. Brenda works extensively
with the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida and serves on the Board of Trustees for
CREW Land & Water Trust.
M.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
M.S. in Environmental Science, Florida Gulf Coast University
Research and Teaching InterestsToggle Research and Teaching Interests
Research Interests: Disturbance ecology, plant ecology, dendrochronology, student
Teaching Interests: ecology, sustainability
- Wilder, G.J., Thomas, B.L. 2016. A floristic inventory of Collier-Seminole State Park
and immediately adjacent lands (Collier County), Florida, U.S.A. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, in press.
- Thomas, B.L., T. Doyle, and K. Krauss. 2015. Annual growth patterns of baldcypress
(Taxodium distichum) along salinity gradients. Wetlands, DOI 10.1007/s13157-015-0659-x
- Everham, E.M. III, D.W. Ceilley, D.A. Croshaw, J. Firth, C. Gunnels, D.D. Hanson,
S. Mariolan, F. Spear, B.L. Thomas, D. E. VanNorman, B.M. Whitmore, and J.R. Cassani.
2012. Ten years of the Southwest Florida frog monitoring network: natural variation
and human-driven changes. Florida Scientist, 2:138-149.
- Key, J. G., E. M. Everham III, D. W. Ceilley, B.L. Thomas, and R. Leisure III. 2009.
Surface and groundwater dynamics of a cypress swamp in an urbanizing watershed. Florida Scientist. 72(4): 420–436.
- Everham, E. M. III, D. W. Ceilley, B.L. Thomas, and D. Hamilton. 2009. Riparian vegetation
along tributaries to Estero Bay, Florida. Florida Scientist. 72(4): 437–447.