People

Current lab members

J. Leighton Reid
Assistant Professor
jlreid@vt.edu
Office: Smyth 420
Lab: Smyth 351A
Phone (office): (540) 231-4224

Crislaine de Almeida
Visiting PhD student, University of São Paulo, 2019-2020
Project: Restoration plantings in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil: a floristic and functional analysis.

Lab alumni

Victoria de la Paz Bernasconi Torres
Visiting Researcher, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2019
Project: Changes in soil quality and properties in a woodland over time during ecological restoration

Frederico Domene
Visiting PhD student, University of São Paulo, 2018 (MOBOT)
Project: Epiphytes in forest restoration: seed Biology, seedling production and transplanting into forests undergoing restoration
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher at University of São Paulo

Matt Hill
Visiting MS student, University of Minnesota, 2017-2018 (MOBOT)
Project: Survivors of fire disturbance within an applied-nucleation framework in eastern Madgascar
Currently: Executive director, Green Again Madagascar

James Lucas
Graduate rotation student, Washington University in St. Louis, 2017 (MOBOT)
Project: Ephemerality of secondary forests in southern Costa Rica
Currently: PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis

Estefania Pilar Fernandez Barrancos
Visiting Masters student, Université de Montpellier, 2016 (MOBOT)
Project: Tank bromeliad transplants as an enrichment strategy in southern Costa Rica
Currently: PhD student at University of Missouri St. Louis

Undergraduate alumni

Mahala Lorenzo
Undergraduate Researcher (REU), Adrian College, 2019 (MOBOT)
Project: Effects of restoration age on the relationship of soil microbes and conservative forbs

Victoria Beishir
Undergraduate researcher, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2017 (MOBOT)
Project: Assessment of the temporal dynamics of large, avian frugivore visitation and behavior in Costa Rican wet forest restoration

Joseph Smith
Undergraduate researcher (REU), Lake Superior State University, 2017 (MOBOT)
Project: Prescribed burning effects on nesting by Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) in a restored Ozark border landscape
Currently: Safety Inspector, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development

Olivia Hajek
Undergraduate researcher (REU), College of William and Mary, 2016 (MOBOT)
Project: Environmental gradients regulate plant community response to restoration in Ozark foothills
Currently: PhD student at Colorado State University