Congratulations to Dr. Gonzalo Rivas for receiving his PhD degree at UF’s graduation ceremony on 7 August 2015 at the O’Connell Center. Gonzalo, pictured here with UF President Kent Fuchs, will soon start an assistant professor position at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. There he will continue his ecological research in the Amazon and in the Galapagos Islands. His dissertation, “Ecological and socioeconomic effects of an invasive canopy tree in the Galápagos Islands“, combined observations, experiments, and interviews. His committee included co-chair Luke Flory, Emilio Bruna, Damian Adams, and Jose Miguel Ponciano. #UFGrad #PhinallyDone To follow Gonzalo on twitter, find him at @Rivasecologyecu