Elizabeth Boughton (Betsey)
Associate Research Biologist

B.S., Central Michigan University, 2001

Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2009



Research Interests

I am interested in how we can maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services in working landscapes. Much of my work has taken place in wetlands and wet prairies embedded in ranchland.  These dynamic ecosystems are exposed to a multitude of disturbances such as grazing, fire, flooding, invasive species and agricultural operations.


Current research projects include:


  1. Long-term ecological responses to land-use, fire, and grazing in wetland ecosystems
    1. Plant community composition
    2. Greenhouse gas fluxes
    3. Water quality
  2. Long-term ecological responses to season of fire, nutrient addition in semi-natural grasslands
    1. Plant community composition
    2. Greenhouse gas fluxes
    3. Above and belowground productivity
    4. Impacts of feral swine disturbance
  3. Assessing the effectiveness of wetland restoration on cattle ranches
    1. Hydrology
    2. Plant community composition
  4. Evaluating trade-offs in ecosystem services in a payment for water services program in the Northern Everglades
    1. Diversity and abundance of several organisms in relation to multiple measures of wetland hydrology across different spatial scales



Teaching Experience and Adjunct Positions


  • Graduate Faculty Scholar, University of Central Florida  2012 – present
  • Graduate Faculty Affiliate, University of Florida 2013 – present
  • University of Central Florida. Teaching Assistant 2004-2005. Ecology, Biology II.


Thesis or dissertation committees


  • Brittany Bankovich, University of Florida, Feral swine impacts to plant communities. Expected graduation December 2014.
  • Steffan Pierre, University of Central Florida, Investigating factors that predict invasive apple snail success in wetlands. Expected graduation May 2016.

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Betsey Boughton measuring maidencane  that had been planted in a fallow citrus grove

(Panicum hemitomon)