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



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 4300/6938, Fall Semesters.
Quantitative Methods, GEO 4022, Spring Semesters.


Ongoing Projects

Examining the effects of post-fire management strategies on vegetation and fuels in conifer forests with altered fire regimes in the Sierra Nevada range of California (with USFS and Asha Paudel).

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).

Ecosystem and food web modeling in Florida Bay to examine the influence of recreational fishing, climate change, sea-level rise, and Everglades freshwater management on community and population dynamics of estuarine species (with Mason Smith).

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

Spatial analysis of invasive grasses in large-scale wetland restoration (with Amber Moore). 


Recent Publications

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.

de Souza, J. C., Ramires, G. G., de Rezende, M. P. G., Gonçalves, V. T., de Souza, C. F., Popak, A., and Markwith, S. H.  2019.  Richness and composition variation of bird species within the fragmented landscape of the Pantanal’s Aquidauana region.  Ornitología Neotropical vol. 30, p. 141-149.

Popak, A. and Markwith, S. H.  2019.  Economic valuation of bee pollination services for passion fruit cultivation using the avoided cost method.  Journal of Economic Entomology vol. 112, p. 2049-2054,

de Souza, J. C., da Sliva, R. M., Gonçalves, M., Jardim, R., and Markwith, S. H. 2018. Habitat use, ranching, and human-wildlife conflict in within a fragmented landscape in the Pantanal, Brazil. Biological Conservation vol. 217, p. 349-357.


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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