Currently, Illinois College students, under the direction of Lawrence Zettler, professor of biology, are conducting orchid research and conservation at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge located in South Florida for nearly a decade. Each summer, two IC students stay at the refuge and conduct research. This time around seniors Justin Mably and Shannon Skarha are working toward a a long-term monitoring system to keep track of the ever fluctuating "ghost orchid" population. The students are working with Ernesto Mujica of Cuba’s Ministry of Science ECOVIDA Research Center. Mujica implemented a similar monitoring system in Cuba.