Dr. Basil Iannone

Assistant Professor Dr. Eban Bean

School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Building 106, Room 4
PO Box 110940
Gainesville, FL 32611-0940
Phone: (352)294-7499
biannone@ufl.edu
Dr. Iannone's lab site

Vita (PDF)

Dr. Iannone is an assistant professor in forest resources and conservation and specializes in geospatial analysis of sustainable and resilient land development. He is also a member of the Sustainability Human and Ecological Development group.

The human population growth projected for Florida and elsewhere is likely to result in increased land use change and development, potentially leading to negative impacts on both the availability of important resources such as water and on the ability of remnant natural areas to function and provide ecosystem services. Dr. Iannone's research and extension programs utilize geospatial tools, as well as other analytical and interdisciplinary approaches, to address this complex issue. The goal of his programs are to devise and promote real-world strategies to: (1) mitigate the negative environmental impacts of current and future land development and (2) design, construct, and manage urban and residential landscapes to support greater levels of biodiversity and ecological functionality.

Dr. Iannone received his PhD from the Ecology and Evolution Program, Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Research and Extension

  • Land development and land use change
  • Biological invasions
  • Spatial analysis
  • Ecology of designer ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services/functioning

Recent Publications

Nunez-Mir, G. C., Q. Guo, M. Rejmanek, B. V., III, Iannone, and S. Fei. 201 (Online first). Predicting invasiveness of exotic woody species using a traits-based framework. Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2797.

Iannone, B. V., III, K. M. Potter, Q. Guo, I. Jo, C. M. Oswalt, and S. Fei. 2018. Environmental harshness drives spatial heterogeneity in biotic resistance. NeoBiota 40:87-105. https://neobiota.pensoft.net/article/28558

Riitters, K., K. M. Potter, B. V., III, Iannone, C. M. Oswalt, Q. Guo, and S. Fei. 2018. Exposure of protected and unprotected forest to plant invasions in eastern United States. Forests 9:723-735. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9110723

Shao, G., B. V., III, Iannone, and Fei, S. (2018) Enhanced forest interior estimations utilizing lidar-assisted 3D forest cover map. Ecological Indicators 93: 1236-1243. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X18304771

Guo, Q., S. Fei, Z. Shen, B. V., III, Iannone, J. Knott, and S. Chown. (2018). A global analysis of elevational distribution of nonnative versus native plants. Journal of Biogeography 45:793-803. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jbi.13145

Riitters, K., K. Potter, B.V., IIII, Iannone, C. Oswalt, S. Fei, and Q. Guo. (In press). Landscape correlates of forest plant invasions: a high-resolution analysis across the eastern United States. Diversity and Distributions. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ddi.12680/abstract

Full list of publications

Current Funding

Title: “Area stormwater ponds invasion vectors? Assessing the effects of an abundant engineered ecosystem on plant invasions across multiple spatial scales”
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Division of Sponsored Research
Award Amount: $87,100
Role: Principal Investigator

Title: “Ecological effects of lawn plant diversity:  A synthesis of what we do and do not know”
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Program Enhancement Grant
Award Amount: $21,050
Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Title: “Effects of stormwater pond age on sediment nutrient fluxes in residential landscapes”
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Program Enhancement Grant
Award Amount: $28,800
Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Title: “The impacts of plant invasion on plant-microbal symbiotic efficiency, mychorrhizal-driven nutrient cycling, and forest ecosystem services”
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Division of Sponsored Research
Award Amount: $62,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Title: “Evaluating the contribution of biotic complexity to pest control in ornamental plant communities”
Duration: 2017-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Division of Sponsored Research
Award Amount: $50,000
Role: Principal Investigator

Title: “Planting stormwater ponds: determining the benefits and best management practices for ornamental plants in an underutilized portion of residential landscapes”
Duration: 2017-2018
Funding Agency: Florida Nursery Growers and Landscaping Association
Award Amount: $5,000
Role: Principle Investigator

Title: “The effects of turfgrass diversity on arthropod pests and biological control in urban landscapes”
Duration: 2016-2018
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Division of Sponsored Research
Award Amount: $50,000
Role: Co-Principle Investigator