Chair and Board of Directors

Jimmy Lange

Chair

Jimmy Lange is a botanist with several years of experience working with South Florida plants and ecosystems. Graduating with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, Jimmy began his research career studying effects of time-since-fire on foliar nutrients of scrub palmettos under the guidance of the Mack Ecosystem Ecology Lab. He went on to join the Plant Ecology Lab at Archbold Biological Station where he assisted on a number of research projects on several rare plant populations and scrub habitat. He then worked at the Michigan Tech Research Institute where he conducted ground-truthing surveys of Great Lakes wetland plant communities and worked on mapping the invasive Phragmites australis. Jimmy is currently completing a master's degree at Florida Atlantic University where he has been studying impacts of Melaleuca quinquenervia and management practices on plant communities in the northern Everglades under Dr. Brian Benscoter. Jimmy joined the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) in January 2014 working on several projects relating to rare plant research and habitat management, and is a current research associate. During this time he also was a botanist with Keith & Schnars, conducting plant surveys of several mitigation sites. He currently is a field botanist with the South Florida Conservation Team at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden where he continues to work with south Florida plants and ecosystems, primarily focusing on mapping and monitoring of rare species, as well as helping guide management activities that promote native plant diversity.