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Hilary  Flower

Hilary Flower

Hilary Flower
Courtesy Professor
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Eckerd College


Office: NES 312
Phone: 813/974-



PhD Geology, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2015

MS Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995

BA English Literature, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1990

Professional Experience

Part Time Professor of Environmental Studies, Eckerd College Sept 2008- May 2015

Courses taught: Introduction to Earth Science; Introduction to Environmental Studies; The Everglades: A Florida Treasure; Local Wilderness


Sea level is rising and will continue to do so - What are the consequences to coastal systems? Dr. Flower has approached this question from the molecular to the landscape scale, using field work, laboratory experiments, and computer modeling.

She has conducted aqueous geochemistry laboratory studies to better understand how a change from freshwater to saltwater affects the partitioning of phosphorus between groundwater and rock/sediment in estuaries. In turn she uses a geochemical modeling program (PHREEQC) to explore the mechanisms behind the experimental observations.

Zooming out to the regional level, she has worked on ecological landscape modeling to simulate how various future climate scenarios may affect the Everglades - from habitat distribution to nutrient concentrations.

Future work includes combining geochemistry and hydrodynamic modeling in the Everglades, and simulation of Florida Bay ecological responses to climate scenarios.

Specialty Area

Hydrogeology, ecohydrology, computer modeling (landscape, hydrodynamic and geochemical), climate change

Recent Publications

Flower, H., Rains, M., & Fitz, C. (2017). Visioning the Future: Scenarios Modeling of the Florida Coastal Everglades. Environmental Management, 1-21.

Flower, H., Rains, M., Lewis, D., Zhang, J. Z., & Price, R. (2017). Saltwater intrusion as potential driver of phosphorus release from limestone bedrock in a coastal aquifer. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 184, 166-176.

Flower, H., Rains, M., Lewis, D., & Zhang, J. Z. (2017). Rapid and Intense Phosphate Desorption Kinetics When Saltwater Intrudes into Carbonate Rock. Estuaries and Coasts, 1-13.

Flower, H., Rains, M., Lewis, D., Zhang, J. Z., & Price, R. (2016). Control of phosphorus concentration through adsorption and desorption in shallow groundwater of subtropical carbonate estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 169, 238-247.

Flower, H. D. (2015). Phosphorus Sorption Dynamics in Shallow Groundwater, Coastal Everglades, Florida, USA. Dissertation. University of South Florida.