About Me

Nicole Zampieri
Currently in Tallahassee, FL from Miami, FL

(In progress) Master’s of Science in Geography from Florida State University
B.S. in Environmental Science from Florida State University

I am a field biologist with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory and my research interests include biogeography, climate change and ecosystematics. I am currently researching the population dynamics of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) across natural community types in Florida.


About this blog

We are currently experiencing Earth’s sixth major mass extinction – an event that would not be occurring without the influence of humans.

By photo documenting what I can, I am creating a personal memoir of the Florida I have learned through exploration and research. I hope that photos like these help to inspire and motivate others to work harder to preserve and conserve what we have left.

I am dedicated to preserving Florida’s natural heritage through my work as a biologist and as a researcher. Here, I photograph it as I encounter it. I focus on native plants but occasionally include exotics, insects, animals, and natural community photographs.

I am an amateur photographer but hope to inspire others to appreciate the natural wonders and flora and fauna of Florida through my photos.

This blog is currently a work in progress.

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” -John Muir
“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.” -Eve Ensler
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
“Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps… I enter a swamp as a sacred place,–a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature.” -Henry David Thoreau