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Marina Lauck

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4601
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Environmental Life Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Lauck is interested in understanding how hydrologic variability and disturbance regimes affect the structure and function of primary producer communities in arid streams and wetlands. Using a combination of field observations from Sycamore Creek and the Salt River wetlands, greenhouse experiments, and statistical modelling, she hopes to better understand how variability within and between years affects long-term biotic community structure and ecosystem function. Lauck received her master’s in Ecology at Florida State University, where she studied interactions between algal crusts, plant communities, and storm disturbance regimes on barrier islands coastal dunes in the Florida panhandle. As an undergraduate at Florida Atlantic University, she worked on several projects, including her Honors Thesis on managing pine scrubland plant communities and an NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) program fellowship working in sawgrass communities in the Florida Everglades. She is an avid proponent of outreach and education, a ESA-SEEDS alumni, and a GPSE mentor teaching science to local middle schools.   


M.S. Ecology & Evolution. Florida State University. 2016.

B.S. Biology. Florida Atlantic University. 2013.

Research Interests

My research focuses on wetland primary producer community structure and function. Particularly, I am interested in understanding how variability in environmental drivers, such as precipitation, and disturbance regimes affect the structure and function of wetland plant communities in arid environments across intra- and interannual temporal scales.


Research Group

Urban and Streams Ecosystems Lab

Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research


Eliyahu, D., McCall, A. C., Lauck, M., Trakhtenbrot, A., & Bronstein, J. L. (2015). Minute pollinators: The role of thrips (Thysanoptera) as pollinators of pointleaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens (Ericaceae). Journal of pollination ecology16, 64.

Eliyahu, D., McCall, A. C., Lauck, M., & Trakhtenbrot, A. (2015). Florivory and nectar-robbing perforations in flowers of pointleaf manzanita Arctostaphylos pungens (Ericaceae) and their effects on plant reproductive success. Arthropod-plant interactions9(6), 613-622.

Lauck, M., & Benscoter, B. (2015). Non-destructive estimation of aboveground biomass in sawgrass communities of the Florida Everglades. Wetlands35(1), 207-210.

Lauck, M., Scholl, J., & Frazier, E. An Analysis of the Vegetation within the FAU Preserve as a Basis for Management of Scrub Habitat for Gopherus polyphemus. FAU Undergraduate Research Journal2(1), 7.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
Honors / Awards


ASU-SOLS Graduate Education Research Fellowship 2016

ASU-SOLS Graduate Recruitment Fellowship 2016

Best Undergraduate Poster, Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference 2013

Florida Atlantic University Undergraduate Grant 2013

Edward Shoaf Scholarship 2013

NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Fellowship 2011

Academic Competitiveness Grant 2009

Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship 2008

Travel Awards

ASU Graduate Program Student Association Travel Award 2018

ASU Graduate College Travel Award 2018

ESA-SEEDS Minority Ecologists Forum Travel Award 2017

Diversity Scholarship, SEEC travel award 2015

ESA-SEEDS Travel Award, ESA Annual Meeting 2014

Society of Wetland Scientists Travel Grant 2013

INTECOL International Wetlands Conference Travel Award 2012

National Science Foundation Travel Grant 2012

ESA-SEEDS Travel Award, SEEDS Annual Leadership Meeting 2013

Research Grants

Central-Arizona Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research Grad Grant 2018

Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory Fellowship 2014

Robert K. Godfrey Endowment for Botany 2014

Broward Undergraduate Research Grant 2013

FAU Undergraduate Research Grant 2011


Professional Associations

Graduate Partners in Science Education

Ecological Society of America

Society of Freshwater Science


Graduate Partners in Science Education

Graduate & Professional Student Association