2024 Blowing Rocks Preserve Winter Lecture Series
20 Mar

Join us at the annual Winter Lecture Series!

We are excited to welcome you to these in-person events at Blowing Rocks Preserve inside the Hawley Education Center’s Classroom.

  • All lectures are FREE of charge and fill up quickly.
  • Advance registration is required and space is limited.
  • Light refreshments provided.
  • Reccommended for adults and youth ages 13 and up.

*All attendees under 18 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult.

March 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Title: Invasive Plants and Global Change


Ecological stress caused by the interaction of invasive plants and other global change drivers such as climate change, human caused disturbance, and emerging pathogens can have profound effects on native ecosystems. Join us to learn about three projects by Luke Flory and collaborators that evaluated interactions between invasive plants and other global change drivers. These projects show that climate change and fire, pathogens, and urbanization can each enhance or alter the effects of invasive plants on native communities and ecosystems. The results highlight the need for longer-term, advanced studies that can generate data to accurately forecast ecological outcomes of interacting drivers of global environmental change.

Speaker: Dr. S. Luke Flory

University of Florida/IFAS

Professor and Associate Chair


Dr. S. Luke Flory is an Associate Professor of Ecology at the University of Florida (UF) Agronomy Department. His research focuses on the mechanisms and impacts of non-native plant invasions with an overarching goal of understanding the long-term consequences of interactions between invasive species and other potential global change drivers such as climate change, fire, and pathogens. The Flory Lab explores both basic and applied questions in diverse systems such as the highlands of Galápagos, coffee agroecosystems in Costa Rica, eastern deciduous forests in the US, and pine forests and managed systems in the Southeast US, including Florida. Luke was named the 2020 UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, a 2019 UF Foundation Research Professor, and 2017 UF International Educator of the Year. He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Ecology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Be sure to check out the full series to register for more lecture topics scheduled for 1/17, 2/7, 2/21, 3/6, and 4/3. All lectures take place 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Event Times:
9:30am -10:30am

Event Location:
The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Road
Hobe Sound, FL  33455

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