Plant Ecology

Lisa Giencke

Plant Ecology lab makes Seeds of Success collections

The Plant Ecology lab, through funding from the Southeastern Grasslands Institute, has collected seeds from Conecuh National Forest in southern Alabama and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia. These collections are part of Seeds of Success, a nationwide native seed collection program. The long-term goal of the Seeds of Success program is to support […]

Jones Center hosts rare plant workshop

The Jones Center recently hosted a workshop that brought together botanists from Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The goal of the workshop was to develop a framework for an upcoming Species Status Assessment for ciliate-leaf tickseed. The species is globally rare and is being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The status assessment […]

Plant Ecology Lab participates in frosted elfin translocation

Frosted elfin dorm over translocated caterpillar

Frosted elfin butterflies are thought to be extirpated in Georgia. The Jones Center and Tall Timbers are working together to establish a sustainable population of this species at Ichauway. We moved 30 caterpillars from the Apalachicola National Forest near Tallahassee, FL to Ichauway in April 2022. We also plan to release 30 adult butterflies in […]

Video: Plant Diversity and Wetlands

Scouting for rare wetland plants

Longleaf pine ecosystems feature some of the highest levels of biological diversity outside of the tropics. Most of this diversity is found in the herbaceous understory of longleaf woodlands and their associated wetlands. Join plant ecologist Lisa Giencke for a look at the importance of these wetlands to rare plants.

Banking Rare Seeds for a Wild Future – GPB News

Georgia Public Broadcasting was along the day we serendipitously collected the first seed banked as part of a grant awarded to safeguard 14 imperiled plant species through a partnership led by Wildlife Resources Division – Georgia DNR. Listen along as GPB documents the discovery.