Landscape Architecture

Thomas Hoctor

Thomas Hoctor

Department of Landscape Architecture
Research Associate Professor
ARCH 436

• Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2003
• Master of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 1992
• B.A. in History and Science, Harvard University, 1989

Tom Hoctor is director of the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning at the University of Florida. He has an undergraduate degree in History and Science from Harvard University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Conservation Biology and Landscape Ecology from the University of Florida.

Dr. Hoctor is an expert on GIS applications for identifying conservation priorities and implementation actions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services including focal species habitat modeling, reserve design, wildlife corridors, recommendations for expanding protected lands to address climate change impacts, and conservation strategies for ensuring effective conservation in a future with continuing conflicts with land use change and habitat loss. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on many regional-scale conservation analysis and planning projects in Florida and the U.S. His current projects include the Florida Ecological Greenways Network and Florida Wildlife Corridor, the Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project, the Identification of Florida Air Force Installation Conservation Priorities project, and working with the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Regional Landscape Conservation Design projects in Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Tom teaches the undergraduate and graduate region planning GIS studios (LAA 4356 and LAA 6656), Landscape Management (LAA 2352), the Conservation Ecology Module of the online Ecological Issues in Sustainability course (DCP 6205), and Directed Study (LAA 6905) courses related to Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, ecological connectivity, green infrastructure, etc. upon request with specific graduate students.

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Michael Volk

Michael Volk

Department of Landscape Architecture, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning
Research Associate Professor
ARCH 438

• Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, 2008
• Bachelor of Architecture, Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, 2005

Areas of Focus: Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience) My work is focused on a variety of topics related to climate change and resilient design, including regional conservation planning as the Associate Director of the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning (, community resiliency as a partner with Florida Resilient Cities (, and as a founding member of the Climate-wise Landscape Initiative ( focused on providing actionable climate change information for landscape architects and educators. Bio: Michael Volk is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Associate Director of the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, and a Florida registered Landscape Architect (currently inactive). He has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and a degree in Architecture from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Michael currently teaches courses in planting design, landscape management and ecology, environmental and ecological policy, and ecological issues and sustainability in collaboration with faculty in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning. Michael’s work with the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning ( includes applied research with conservation partners throughout Florida on land use, regional conservation planning, and urban green infrastructure; the impacts of sea level rise on natural resources and coastal communities; and climate change adaptation strategies and information needs for landscape architecture students and professionals ( Michael is also a partner with Florida Resilient Cities (, an initiative which works with communities across Florida to be more prepared for and resilient to increased risk and future changes.

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