I believe the fundamental beauty of the natural world lies in the stories behind the patterns we see.
My name is Luka Negoita and I am a PhD candidate in the Fridley Lab at Syracuse University.
My greatest passion is in the field of plant ecology where I study the processes that drive plant community assembly and ecosystem function. My research currently focuses on the role of plant dispersal and the link between dispersal and ecosystem function. My work combines experimental and observational approaches with plant functional traits and advanced statistical techniques aimed to expand our theoretical understanding of ecology. I am also particularly interested in plant communities on islands and how islands can be used both as model systems for ecological research as well as teaching tools for ecology and natural history education.
My other passion is teaching ecology and natural history through hands-on fieldwork and research experience. My ultimate intention is to inspire others to crave a better understanding and appreciation for natural history. This work includes offering summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students seeking to learn about natural history and ecology while conducting scientific research. I have also worked with children and adults through various outdoor schools, teaching a combination of natural history and wilderness survival skills such as the identification and use of wild edible and medicinal plants.
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