Dr. Benjamin P. Sperry is an Assistant Research Scientist at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS CAIP). He received his bachelor’s and master’s from the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Plant Science and Agronomy – Weed Science, respectively. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Agronomic Weed Science in May of 2019. While his formal training is weed science in agricultural systems, Dr. Sperry has held several positions prior to graduate school related to terrestrial invasive plant management. He is an avid outdoorsman who became familiar with aquatic invasive plants and their associated problems at an early age.