Scott Markwith   

Dr. Scott Markwith

Department of Geosciences

Phone: 561-297-2102
Office: SE-450

Biogeography Lab Website

Reburn Science Project Webpage


Ph.D. in Geography, University of Georgia, 2007 
MS in Geography, University of Georgia, 2001 
BA in Geography, University of Mary Washington, 1997

Research Interests:

Ecological Biogeography
Ecological Restoration
Vegetation Dynamics and Disturbance
Spatial, Statistical, and Ecosystem Modeling
Human-Wildlife Interactions
Sustainability and Conservation



Introduction to Physical Geography, GEO 2200, Summer Semesters. 
Environmental Restoration, EVR 6334, Alternate Spring Semesters.
Restoration Implementation and Management, EVR 6351, Alternate Spring Semesters. 
Biogeography, GEO 4300/5305, Fall Semesters.
Quantitative Methods, GEO 4022, Spring Semesters.


Ongoing Projects

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship with the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Ecosystem and food web modeling in Lake Okeechobee to examine the influence of management decisions on community and population dynamics of estuarine species (with Heather Smith).

The influence of deadwood management in western forests on megafires, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration (with Rabindra Parajuli).   


Recent Publications

Paudel, A., Yin-Hsuen, C., Brodylo, D., and Markwith, S. H.  In Review.  Spatial Monte Carlo Simulation and Analysis of Climate Change Enhanced Fire and Projected Landscape-Scale Variation in Vegetation Heterogeneity.  Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis.

Paudel, A. and Markwith, S. H.  2023.  Wildfire, shrub patch expansion, and landscape heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales in northern Sierra Nevada conifer forests.  Journal of Vegetation Science vol. 34, no. 5,

Smith, M., Chagaris, D., Paperno, R., and Markwith, S. H.  2023.  Tropical Estuarine Ecosystem Change Under the Interacting Influences of Future Climate and Ecosystem Restoration.  Global Change Biology vol. 29, no. 20, p. 5850-5865,

Smith, M., Paperno, R., Flaherty-Walia, K., and Markwith, S. H.  2023.  Species Distributions in a Changing Estuary: Predictions under Future Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and Watershed Restoration.  Estuaries and Coasts,

Parajuli, R., and Markwith, S. H.  2023.  Quantity is foremost but quality matters: a global meta-analysis of correlations of dead wood volume and biodiversity in forest ecosystems.  Biological Conservation vol. 283, 110100,

Paudel, A., Coppoletta, M., Merriam, K., and Markwith, S. H. 2022.  Persistent composition legacy and rapid structural change following successive fires in Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests.  Forest Ecology and Management vol. 509,

de Souza, J. C., Paiva, L. M., Amida, R. M. de S., Barros, W. M., Bassinello, P. Z., de Oliveira, G. F., de Souza, C. F., de Rezende, M. P. G., and Markwith, S. H.  2022.  Animal production and conservation in the Pantanal plain: a sustainability outlook.  In: Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation.  Eds. DellaSala, D. A. and Goldstein, M. I.  ISBN 9780128211397.  Elsevier, p. 392-399.

Leskova, O., Frakes, R. A., and Markwith, S. H.  2022.  Severing Habitat Connectivity of Endangered Species for the Transition to Renewable Energy: Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities in Florida Panther Dispersal Corridors.  Journal of Applied Ecology,

Markwith, S. H. and Paudel, A.  2021.  Beyond pre-Columbian fire: the impact of firewood collection on forest fuel loads.  Canadian Journal of Forest Reseearch,

Steel, Z. L., Foster, D., Coppoletta, M., Lyderson, J. M., Stephens, S. L., Paudel, A., Markwith, S. H., and Collins, B. M.  2021.  Ecological resilience and vegetation transition in the face of multiple large wildfires.  Journal of Ecology vol. 109, p. 3340-3355.

Greller, R., Mazzoil, M., Titcomb, E., Nelson, B., Paperno, R., and Markwith, S. H.  2020.  Environmental drivers of habitat use by common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon.  Marine Mammal Science vol. 37, p. 512-532.

Smith, M., Chagaris, D., Paperno, R., and Markwith, S. H.  2020.  Ecosystem Structure and Resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary: An Original Ecosystem Model with Implications for Everglades Restoration.  Marine and Freshwater Resarch vol. 72, p. 563-583.

Paudel, A., Ghimire, S. K., and Markwith, S. H. 2020. Anthropogenic fire, vegetation structure, and ethnobotany in an alpine shrubland of Nepal's Himalaya. International Journal of Wildland Fire vol. 29, p. 201-214.

Markwith, S. H., Evans, A., da Cunha, V. P., and de Souza, J. C.  2020.  Scale, rank, and model selection in evaluations of land cover’s influence on wildlife-vehicle collisions.  Wildlife Research vol. 47, p. 44-54.


Recent Grants and Contracts

Markwith, S. H. and Smith, M.  2021-2022.  National Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for project titled, "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Estuarine Ecosystem Spatio-Temporal Dynamics Due to Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and Watershed Restoration.”  $12,450.

Coppoletta, M., Markwith, S. H., Collins, B., Merriam, K., and Wing, B. 2016-2019. USDA Bureau of Land Mangement Joint Fire Science Program for project titled, "Effects of post-fire management activities on vegetation and fuels following successive fires.” $151,319.

Markwith, S. H. 2015-2016. The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation Grant Program for project titled, "Game Fish Life-History and Ecological Restoration: Outdoor Secondary Education and Teacher Training.” $20,000.

Markwith, S. H. and Polsky, C. 2014. Ram Realty for project titled, "Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak and Pineland Croton Habitat Requirements, Landscape Management, and Survey Protocols.” $24,613.

Markwith, S. H. 2014. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for project titled, "Monitoring of Fish Community Structure for Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration." $21,761.

Scarlatos, P., Meeroff, D., Markwith, S., Root, T., Hindle, T., Ivy, R., Ilyas, M., Sudhagar, N. 2013 - 2015. Distinction Through Discovery Curriculum Grant Program for project titled, "Expanding the student-centered undergraduate research culture across the curriculum." $20,000.




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