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Faculty and Staff Research Publications: Spence, Don

This guide provides information on the publications of Bethune-Cookman University Faculty, Administration, and Staff.

Selected Publications

Cho, J., Spence, D. J. Dahl, J., and Jarrett, R.  2014.  Plants of Retention Ponds and Drainage Ditches: The Greater Daytona  Beach Area,  Bethune-Cookman University, 170 pgs.

Spence, D. J., Smith, J. A., Ploetz, R., Hulcr, J., & Stelinski, L. L.  2013.  Effect of chipping on emergence of the redbay ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and recovery of the laurel wilt pathogen from infested wood chips. Journal of economic entomology, 106(5), 2093-2100.

Spence, D. J., Smith, J. A., and Hughes, M.  2013.  Laurel Wilt: An Exceptionally Damaging Exotic Symbiosis.  Journal of Florida Studies, Vol 1, No. 2.

Spence, D. J.  Evaluating the effectiveness of pre-treating redbay trees (Persea borbonia) with propiconazole and pine-sol to protect them against the laurel wilt.  In development, Journal of Arboriculture, in development for the Journal of Arboriculture.  Spence, D. J. and J.A. Smith.  The Status of Laurel Wilt in the Southeastern USA.  The Palmetto,  The Florida Native Plant Society.

Spence, D. J. and J.A. Smith. 2013. Thousand Cankers Disease: A threat to black walnut in FL.   University of Florida Electronic, Data Information System publication.  Spence, D. J., J. A. Smith, and M. Hughes. 2013.  Laurel wilt: An exceptionally damaging exotic symbiosis that threatens Florida’s forests.  Journal of Florida Studies. 

Spence, D. J. 2012.  The survival and longevity of Raffaelea lauricola and the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus) in chipped and intact wood.  University of Florida Doctoral Dissertation 135 pp.

Spence, D. J. and J.A. Smith. 2011. Potential for the Emerald Ash Borer to enter Florida.   University of Florida Electronic, Data Information System publication, Spence, D. J. and J.A. Smith. 2011.  Assessing the risk of survival of the redbay ambrosia beetle and laurel wilt pathogen in wood chips.  University of Florida Electronic Data Information System publication, #FOR289.

Spence, D.J. and A. Hodges. 2010.  University of Florida Feature Creature: Myzinum maculata Fabricius (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae: Myzininae).  University of Florida Creature Feature, #EENY 470.

Burchfield, J., Spence, D.J., Sweet, K., 2009.  Understory: plants and their shapes and forms.   Laguna Wilderness Press.

Spence, D.J, J. Weishample, J. Stout, and W. Taylor.  1998.  Composition and Change of Maritime Hammock Flora in East-Central Florida After 20 Years.  Master of Science Thesis, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida, 100 pp.

May, P.G., T.M. Farrell, S.T. Heulett, M.A. Pilgrim, L.A. Bishop, Don Spence, A.M.   Rabatsky, M.G. Campbell, A.D. Aycrigg, & W.E. Richardson.  1996.  The Seasonal Abundance and Activity of a Rattlesnake (Sistuarus milliaris barbourii) in Central Florida. Copea 389 - 400.

Johnson, S., D.J. Spence, and G. Lycan. 1996.  A Walking Tour of the Stetson University Campus Flora.  Stetson University Press 25 pp.

Spence, D.J.  1995.  Coastal Dune Plant Materials Nursery Handbook, Volusia County Technical Manual.  62pp.

Spence, D.J., L. Bishop.  1994.  The Adaptive Significance of Mucilage in the Aquatic Plant Watersheild, Brasenia schreberi.  Florida Academy of Sciences Vol. 57, Sup. 1 

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Spence, Don PhD.


Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences

Certified Municipal Arborist, International  Society of Arboriculture


Office Location: John O. Gross Science Hall/School of Science and Mathematics 124/123
Office Phone: 386--481-2669
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  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Florida
  • M.S. Biology, University of Central Florida
  • B.S. Biology, Stetson University

Current research interest:

  • Tree diseases / Forest Pathology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Urban Biodiversity / Native Landscapes
  • Mycology