New Ecology Blogger a Researcher, Artist, and Communicator

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FSU graduate student Dani Davis introduces herself and shares what she’ll be doing with WFSU’s Ecology Blog.

Hi, I’m Dani.

As a new (well, technically returning) Floridian, I have been overwhelmed in the best possible way by the diversity of habitats and species that are just outside my doorstep. Since I moved here a little over a year ago, I have devoted my free time to exploring natural Florida and meeting the creatures that reside there. This quest has taken me to bogs and savannas, sandhills and flatwoods, bromeliad swamps, maritime forests, springs, and seagrass beds- and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Pitcher plants adorn a bog in Apalachicola National Forest near Sumatra, Florida as a summer thunderstorm rolls in.
Pitcher plants adorn a bog in Apalachicola National Forest near Sumatra, Florida as a summer thunderstorm rolls in.

But a little background on me first. I moved to Tallahassee during the height of the pandemic in summer 2020 to start graduate school at Florida State University, where I’m pursuing a master’s degree in ecology. I study how the nutrients coming in from the ocean, primarily in the form of seaweed (also known as wrack), may act as a fertilizer for barrier island plant communities.

One of Dani’s first posts is about the annual census of the plant communities at St. George Island State Park. Here’s a short excerpt from the video she created for her article:

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