Biodiversity Institute Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2018

Published: July 16th, 2018

Category: Featured-Post, News


Biodiversity Institute Quarterly Newsletter
Summer 2018

Top Stories in this Newsletter

UFBI & IFAS 2nd Annual Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research

The UF Biodiversity Institute (UFBI), in concert with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), held their Second Annual Symposium on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the J. Wayne Reitz Union. This year’s theme was Collaborations in Biodiversity Research. The Keynote Speakers were Michael BInford, Program Leader, NFS MacroSystems Biology & Early NEON Science, and Guy Fausnaught, Manager, Field Operations, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). For more details, click here.


The UFBI/IFAS Third Annual Symposium will be held next year on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Reitz Union. Keep checking the UFBI website for further information.

UFBI Founding Director Pam Soltis receives
SURA’s Distinguished Scientist Award

University of Florida plant biologist Dr. Pamela Soltis received the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award, given annually to a scientist whose extraordinary work fulfills the association’s mission to “advance collaborative research and strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and the nation.”Soltis, founding director of the Biodiversity Institute, distinguished professor, and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History at UF, was presented with the award and its $5,000 honorarium at the SURA Board of Trustees meeting at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, on April 26. Click here for


Meet UF Biodiversity Institute’s Office Manager, Hampton Glover

Hampton Glover, UF Biodiversity Institute’s Administrative Specialist II, is responsible for providing ongoing support and tracking of initiatives and reporting and spending for UFBI. With his pleasant demeanor and engaging sense of humor, he is a welcomed addition to UFBI, sharing his wealth of financial and administrative knowledge to the daily functioning of the Institute.

He came to UFBI in December 2017 from the UF College of Medicine – Pediatrics (Grants Office) where he worked as a Research Administrative Assistant. In this role, he was primarily responsible for Clinical Trial Post-Award Management and Accounts Receivable billing and management of Sponsors-Based-Clinical Trials, research related Accounts Payables, utilizing the EPIC Research Module to review and approve Clinical Trial patient charges and maintaining grant documentation, utilizing the departments SharePoint site.

A native Floridian, Hampton earned his B.A. in accounting from Newbury College, Boston MA…… (Full Story)

While we are getting ready to say goodbye to our 2017 Fellows, we are eager to welcome onboard our new crew of 2018 Summer and Fall Fellows. The summer months are a busy time as our Fellows are out in the field, gathering data for their research. The areas of research are as varied as are our Fellows themselves. To learn more about these extraordinary individuals, visit
The UF Biodiversity Institute Blog features a plethora of stories about biodiversity, local, regional and international. Titles of articles include “Bat Sounds, Bat Songs,” “Show me your neighbors, and I’ll tell who you are,” “Studying the Interactions of Climate, Biodiversity, and Humans,” and “Beyond the Edge: Biodiversity Outside the Forest,” to mention a few …To read these stories and more, go to

UFBI Fellows Presented 1st Spatial Ecology Workshop

The 2017-18 UFBI fellows hosted the 1st Spatial Ecology Workshop, which was focused on methods used to address biodiversity-related questions in Ecology. The tw0-day workshop was held on May 8-9, 2018 in the office of the University of Florida Biodiversity Institute. It was a fun opportunity to gain experience with basic and advanced methods in spatial ecology using different freely available tools and resources, such as R, python, occurrence record databases, and WorldClim. To learn more, click HERE.


Biodiversity Institute Celebrates 2nd Year Anniversary
On Monday, September 10, 2018, from 11:30AM to 1:00PM, in E251 CSE, we will host a birthday bash for the UFBI’s 2nd Anniversary. Keep checking the UFBI webpage for more information. To read about our 1st Anniversary Celebration and our unexpected guest, click Here.

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