Dr. Basil Iannone, Assistant Professor & Jesse Jones, Research/Extension Associate

Project Title
"How much does your landscape cost to maintain? Increasing consumer awareness and developer incentive to promote early adoption of sustainable landscaping"
Time Commitment
11-15 hours/week, 16-20 hours/week, Variable
Paid, Research Credit
Possible Co-Authorship
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Location of Research
Project Description

The Residential Landscape Ecology (RLE) Lab at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation is pursuing research to determine how residential landscaping practices affect species diversity, ecosystem services, water resources, and maintenance costs. Through collaboration with stakeholders and other extension efforts, this project will develop resources that promote the adoption of environmentally and economically sustainable landscape designs throughout expanding and existing urban environments. To support this project, we are looking for a creative and motivated person interested in biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable landscaping design. The position presents a unique opportunity to gain highly versatile research skills through field work, lab experience, and data analytics alongside a dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers and extension professionals. Your roles would include sampling vegetation, pest pressure, pollinators, and soil from residential yards; processing samples in the lab; data input and analysis; working with stakeholders to develop outreach products to promote sustainable landscaping; and general tasks supporting the lab’s mission.

Additional requirements:

  • Willingness to work long hours outdoors and learn lab procedures and data processing
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Email: (1) a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the required qualifications; (2) C.V./resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for two academic/professional references. Place “Sustainable Landscaping” in the email subject line.
  • Feel free to contact us with any questions about the position.

Contact Info

Email: biannone@ufl.edu, jcj9898@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 294-7499