Shelby O. Thomas is the communications manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP). Shelby received her bachelor's and master's from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in communication and leadership development. She has since served as a communications coordinator for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and a public information specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. Shelby manages communication for UF/IFAS CAIP by creating video, design, print media and content regarding research, events and education conducted by the Center. She works to promote UF/IFAS CAIP’s mission through outreach, promotion and education.