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Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environment


Dr. Ross's general research interests are in the area of environmental controls on plant community composition and structure, the involvement of these controls in the successional process, and the implications of successional development on restoration efforts. His approach often incorporates large-scale field manipulations with pattern analysis based on "natural experiments", usually arrayed along well-defined environmental gradients. His background and expertise is largely in forests of the southern Appalachians, the Lake states, boreal central Alberta, and the tropical Florida Keys. Presently, the majority of his research has been directed toward restoration of the mixture of forested and herbaceous coastal wetlands of mainland south Florida.


  • Silviculture and Forest Biology
  • Environmental controls on plant community composition and structure
  • Climate change effects on coastal habitats
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Plant-soil relationships
  • Remote sensing of vegetation


Please visit the following link to view Dr. Ross's current projects


Michael S. Ross

11200 SW 8th St, AHC5 367

Miami, FL 33199

michael.ross@fiu.edu - 305-348-1420

FIU International Center for Tropical Botany