Jennifer Possley, M.S.

PossleyField Biologist

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156 USA
Phone 305.667.1651, ext. 3514


University of Florida, M.S., Agronomy
Kalamazoo College, B.A., Biology

 Fields of Interest

  • Mapping and monitoring the rare flora of Miami-Dade County
  • Invasive plant ecology & management
  • Ferns of South Florida and the Caribbean.

Recent Scientific Publications

Fourqurean, J., T.J. Smith, J. Possley, T.M. Collins, D. Lee, and S. Namoff.  2010.  Are mangroves in the tropical Atlantic ripe for invasion?  Exotic mangrove trees in the forests of South Florida.  Biological Invasions 12(8):2509-2522.

Maschinski, J., D. A. Falk, S.J. Wright, J. Possley, J. Roncal, and K. S. Wendelberger. 2012. Optimal Locations for Plant Reintroductions in a Changing World. In J. Maschinski and K. E. Haskins (editors). Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils. Island Press, Washington DC.

Maschinski, J., J. Possley, M. Q.N. Fellows, C. Lane, A. Muir, K. Wendelberger, S. Wright, and H. Thornton.  2005. Using Thinning as a Fire Surrogate to Improve Native Plant Diversity in a South Florida Pine Rockland Habitat. Ecological Restoration 23:2. 

Possley, J., J. Maschinski, J. Maguire and C.Guerra. In press. Vegetation monitoring to guide management decisions in Miami’s urban pine rockland preserves. Natural Areas Journal.

Possley, J., J. Maschinski., C. Rodriguez and J. Dozier. 2009.  Alternatives for reintroducing a rare ecotone species: mechanically thinned forest edge versus restored habitat remnant.  Restoration Ecology 17(5):668-677.

Possley, J., Woodmansee, S., Maschinski, J. 2008. Patterns of plant diversity in fragments of globally imperiled pine rockland forest: effects of recent fire frequency and fragment size.  Natural Areas Journal 28(4):379-394.

Possley, J., K. Hines, J. Maschinski, J. Dozier, and C. Rodriguez.  2007.  A common passion: multiple agencies and volunteers unite to reintroduce goatsfoot passionflower to rockland hammocks of Miami, Florida.  Native Plants Journal 8(3):252-258.

Possley, J. and J. Maschinski.  2006.  Competitive effects of the invasive grass Rhynchelytrum repens (Willd.) C.E. Hubb. on pine rockland vegetation.  Natural Areas Journal 26(4):391-395.