Dr. Scott Markwith

Scott Markwith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email smarkwit@fau.edu
Phone (561) 297-2102
Office SE 450

Biogeography Lab Website

Reburn Science Project Webpage


Ph.D. in Geography, specialization Biogeography (University of Georgia, Athens) 2007
MS in Geography, specialization Biogeography (University of Georgia, Athens) 2001
BA in Geography, concentration Physical Geography (University of Mary Washington) 1997

Research Interests

  • Ecological Biogeography
  • Terrestrial, Wetland, and Nearshore Systems
  • Environmental Restoration 
  • Dispersal/Migration Processes
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance
  • Vegetation Dynamics
  • Population and Conservation Genetics

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).
  • Monitoring restoration and evaluating functional assessment criteria in montane fens in the Sierra Nevada range of California (with USFS). 
  • Assessing integration of restored inter- and sub-tidal habitat into the larger estuarine ecosystem by tracking fish behavior with underwater acoustic telemetry (with Anthony Planas).
  • Impact of an exotic gastropod, Pomacea maculata, invasion on three of CERP’s main environmental restoration goals: a) function of invaded stormwater treatment areas for nutrient sequestration, b) function of key vegetation communities, and c) conservation of the endangered Snail Kite’s (Rostrhamus sociabilis) primary food source, the native gastropod Pomacea paludosa (with Dr. Dean Monette).
  • Habitat suitability analysis and resource management strategy assessment for the endangered Bartram's Scrub Hairstreak (Strymon acis bartrami) butterfly (with Alana Edwards).
  • Habitat suitability analysis and resource management strategy assessment for the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) and its potential invasive predator the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) (with Danielle Romais).


Introduction to Physical Geography, GEO 2200, Summer Semesters.
Environmental Restoration, EVR 6334, Alternate Spring Semesters.
Restoration Implementation and Management, EVR 6351, Alternate Spring Semesters.
Advanced Topics in Biogeography Seminar, GEO 6938, Fall Semesters.
Biogeography, GEO 4300/6938, Spring Semesters.
Environment and Society, EVR 2017, Fall Semesters.

Recent Publications

Monette, D.,  Ewe, S., Dinkins, J. M., and Markwith, S. H.  In press.  Interactions of Exotic and Native Pomacea with Wetland Vegetation Structure in the Greater Everglades, Florida, USA.  Fundamental and Applied Limnology.

Monette, D., Markwith, S. H., and Ewe, S.  In press.  Examining the Effects of Consumption Behavior of Pomacea paludosa and Pomacea maculata on Vallisneria americana.  Southeastern Naturalist.

Monette, D., Markwith, S. H., and Ewe, S.  In press.  Interspecies Competition and Growth Response of Pomacea maculata and Pomacea paludosaFlorida Scientist.

de Souza, J. C., da Cunha, V. P., and Markwith, S. H. 2014.  Spatiotemporal Variation in Human-Wildlife Conflicts Along Highway BR262 in the Brazilian Pantanal. Wetlands Ecology and Management DOI: 10.1007/s11273-014-9372-4.

Markwith, S. H., Mezza, G., Kennard, S., and Bousquin, S. 2014.  Intra-Floodplain Seed Dispersal Limitation and Wetland Community Restoration. Ecological Restoration vol. 32, p. 249-259.

Markwith, S. H. 2013. Stream Restoration and Hydrochory: Seed Dispersal Variation in Restored and Degraded Reaches of the Kissimmee River, Florida. Papers in Applied Geography vol. 36, p. 27-36.

Markwith, S. H. 2013. Book Review: 'Swamplife: people, gators, and mangroves entangled in the Everglades'. Southeastern Geographer vol. 53, p. 233-235.

Monette, D. and Markwith, S. H. 2012. Hydrochory in the Florida Everglades: Temporal and Spatial Variation in Seed Dispersal Phenology, Hydrology, and Restoration of Wetland Structure. Ecological Restoration, vol. 30, no. 3, p. 180-191.

Markwith, S. H. and Leigh, D. S. 2012. Comparison of Estimated and Experimental Subaqueous Seed Transport. Ecohydrology, vol. 5, p. 346-350.

Manuscripts In Review and In Preparation

Markwith, S. H., Merriam, K., and Coppoletta, M.  Trajectories of Vegetation Change with Livestock Management in Montane Fens Targeted for Restoration.  Applied Vegetation Science .

Markwith, S. H., Merriam, K., and Coppoletta, M.  Relationships of Cattle Grazing Pressure with Intra-annual Variation in Fen Functional Assessment Criteria.  Rangeland Ecology and Management .

Recent Grants and Contracts

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.

Markwith, S. H. 2011 - 2012. South Florida Water Management District, for project titled, “Modeling Seed Dispersal for Vegetation Community Restoration in the Kissimmee River Floodplain, FY 2012.” $49,964.

Markwith, S. H. 2010 - 2011. South Florida Water Management District, for project titled, “Continuation of Kissimmee River Seed Dispersal and Vegetation Community Restoration, FY 2011.” $49,964.

Markwith, S. H. 2010.  Pre-contract Supplementary Funding from South Florida Water Management District via the Center for Environmental Studies Riverwoods Field Laboratory FAU for project titled, “Kissimmee River Seed Dispersal and Vegetation Community Restoration, Fall 2010.”  $14,717.

Markwith, S. H. 2009 - 2011. FAU Environmental Sciences Everglades Fellowship Initiative, funding Dean Monette at Ph.D. level, for project titled, “Hydrochory Analysis in the Greater Everglades Ridge and Slough Ecosystem: Decompartmentalization and Sheet Enhancement’s Potential to Restore Ecological Connectivity and Species Composition.” $68,491.