Jennifer Richards

Professor, Department of Earth and Environment
Florida International University

Dr. Richard’s lab studies wetland plant ecology, especially how plants respond to the hydrologic and nutrient challenges presented by the aquatic environment, and the landscape and community ecology of south Florida vegetation.  Recently, they have been using remote sensing techniques to map wetland vegetation in southern Florida.  They also are interested in the biology of invasive plant species with an emphasis on understanding vegetative and sexual reproduction in these species and how these processes affect invasiveness. 





  • Ecology of aquatic macrophytes in the Everglades
  • Evolution of plant mating systems


  • Using remote sensing techniques to map Everglades vegetation and estimate hydrologic requirements
  • Determining the hydrological requirements of Everglades aquatic slough vegetation
  • Hydrologic constraints on establishment of the invasive fern Lygodium  microphyllum
  • Biology of wetland plant species, especially members of Everglades ridge and slough vegetation
  • Everglades plant community invasibility
  • Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) reproductive biology and population genetics
  • Mapaniid sedge spikelet structure and evolution
  • Spikerush (Eleocharis species) morphology and population biology
  • Biology of Florida endangered and invasive species


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Jennifer Helen Richards

11200 SW 8th St, OE 233

Miami, FL 33199





FIU International Center for Tropical Botany