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Dr. S. Luke Flory

Professor and Associate Chair, Invasion Ecology

Laboratory led by Faculty 

Luke’s research focuses on the mechanisms and impacts of non-native plant invasions with the goal of understanding long-term consequences of interactions between invasive species and other potential global change drivers such as climate change, fire, and emerging pathogens. The Flory Lab explores both basic and applied questions in systems such as the highlands of Galápagos, coffee agroecosystems in Costa Rica, eastern deciduous forests in the US, and pine forests and managed systems in Florida. Luke has published papers in Ecology Letters, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Global Change Biology, and New Phytologist, among others. His research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the NSF/NIH/USDA Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and state agencies such as the Florida Forest Service. Luke has been named a Florida Climate Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow, UF Research Foundation Professor, and UF/CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Ecology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both from Indiana University.

Faculty Photo - Flory

Contact Information


3127A McCarty Hall B
Gainesville, FL 32611

Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO Box 110500
3127A McCarty Hall B
Gainesville, FL 32611

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  • Teaching

    PCB2441 Biological Invaders, offered every fall semester.

    PLS6626 Invasive Plant Ecology, offered in odd-numbered spring semesters