The Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands (CFW) is a Type II center dedicated to facilitating wetland programs at the University of Florida and helping in the intellectual marketing and transfer of these programs at the state, national and international levels. Cutting across campus departments and disciplinary areas, the CFW fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service regarding wetlands and related resources with an emphasis on sustainable patterns of humanity and environment. The CFW is directed by David Kaplan.
The Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands provides sound scientific knowledge about wetlands that will lead to a better understanding of their role in a sustainable partnership of humanity and nature. The Center works toward this goal by conducting, facilitating and coordinating interdisciplinary research and teaching on wetland-related resource management issues.
David Kaplan joined the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences in 2012 and created the Watershed Ecology Lab housed at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Research in the Watershed Ecology Lab focuses on linkages between ecosystems and the hydrologic cycle, with the goal of advancing natural resources conservation and management. Dr. Kaplan has served as the Assistant Director of the CFW since 2013.
Field experiments inspired by observations of natural systems form the core of The Angelini Lab’s research approach. As community ecologist, Christine Angelini studies how interactions among species, commonly habitat-forming foundation species, drive patterns in the organization of biological communities, and how different types of interactions, such as those involving mutualists and top predators, enhance or reduce an ecosystem’s resilience to climate change. In addition to manipulating species interactions or physical factors of interest with experiments, research methodology includes correlational approaches, spatial models, and biogeochemical analyses when necessary to contextualize research findings, elucidate how ecosystem dynamics may change over time, and tease apart the mechanisms that drive natural patterns. The Angelini Lab group collaborates with a diverse and talented crew of ecologists, hydrologists, soil biogeochemists, and engineers at the University of Florida and several other US and international institutions.