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Alaina Bernard has a M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida, where she created the campus land management program in 2004. Currently, as LNR Associate Director, she focuses on guiding campus landscape and natural resources operations, which include best management practices for landscaping, wildland-urban interface land management techniques, sustainable land and grounds management, research, partnerships, and student involvement. She currently supervises all grounds maintenance for UCF, along with the natural resources program, which includes environmental compliance and tree care.  Ms. Bernard is a certified burn boss and wildland firefighter, and is a Gopher Tortoise Authorized Agent.  As an instructor, she created and teaches “Systems Sustainability” – a research service learning course focused on teaching students to explore the topic of eco-system sustainability, design and conduct a science based project on campus, and publicly communicate the results.