• Title: Trees of FIU
  • Principal Investigator: Alan Franck
  • Funding Amount: $12,524
  • Funding Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Timeline: 04/24/19–03/21/20

Urban forests are incredibly economically valuable, with generally positive impacts to human health, soil stability, stormwater reduction, storm surge reduction, wind mitigation, carbon sequestration, cooling costs, property value, wildlife habitat, and education. 

Since FIU held its first classes in 1972, it has been planting trees across the campus, much of it catalyzed by the work of Charles M. Henington, the first supervisor of grounds. The MMC campus now is home to nearly 10,000 trees, including a forest of native tree species at the FIU Nature Preserve. Our goal is to inventory all trees on the FIU campuses to understand the species diversity and their value to humans and the environment.


  • 2020

    Weakley, A. S., Poindexter, D. B., Medford, H. C., Sorrie, B. A., McCormick, C. A., Bridges, E. L., Orzell, S. L., Bradley, K. A., Ballard, Jr., H. E., Burwell, R. N., Lockhart, S. L., & Franck, A. R. (2020). Studies in the vascular flora of the southeastern United States. VI. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 14(2), 199–239. https://doi.org/10.17348/jbrit.v14.i2.1004 

    Franck, A. R., & Farid, A. (2020). Many species of the Carnivora consume grass and other fibrous plant tissues. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 150, 1–70. https://doi.org/10.26496/bjz.2020.73 

    Farid, A., Franck, A. R., Bolin, J., & Garey, J. R. (2020). Expansion of the genus Imleria in North America to include Imleria floridana, sp. nov., and Imleria pallida, comb. nov. Mycologia, 112(2), 423–437. https://doi.org/10.1080/00275514.2019.1685359 

    Davoodian, N., Hosaka, K., Raspe, O., Asher, O. A., Franck, A. R., De Kesel, A., Delaney, T. P., Ammirati, J. F., Nagasawa, E., Buyck, B., & Halling, R. E. (2020). Diversity of Gyroporus (Gyroporaceae, Boletales): rpb2 phylogeny and three new species. Phytotaxa, 434(3), 208–218. https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.434.3.2 

    Wunderlin, R. P., Hansen, B. F., & Franck, A. R. (2020). Flora of Florida, Volume VII: Dicotyledons, Orobanchaceae through Asteraceae (1st ed.). University Press of Florida.