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Richards, Jeannine (Ph.D., M.A.)

Assistant Professor, Restoration Ecology
Department of Ecology & Environmental Studies

AB9 0236
Ecology, Restoration, Conservation Biology, Agroecology, Social-Ecological Systems

Dr. Jeannine Richards is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s The Water School. Her expertise is in understanding how plant communities function and using healthy natural ecosystems as models for restoring degraded ecosystems. She also has a keen interest in how human communities interface with the ecosystems around them and how we can nurture those relationships to sustain both. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Richards worked for over a decade in the non-profit sector doing land management, ecological restoration, and environmental education. Dr. Richards has collaborated with other faculty across disciplines as diverse as Latin American Studies and Atmospheric Sciences to address complex and multifaceted environmental issues. She also works with collaborators outside the university to identify research questions that have relevance to improving the local environment for people and biodiversity. She is currently collaborating with the Naples Botanical Garden to identify successful methods of restoring beach dune plant communities following Hurricane Ian.

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