Ongoing Research Projects
Plant and Ecosystem hydrology
Leaves: Current research in the lab is focusing on dynamic changes in the hydrology of leaves in response to both short and long-term variation in temperature, light, humidity and atmospheric CO2 concentrations.
Meadows: Meadows are considered an important component of many high sierra watersheds yet we have very little insight on how meadow hydrology and carbon balance will respond to a future altered climate. We are currently in the beginning phases of collaborating with a diverse group of researchers to better understand the impact of changes in water table depth on meadow plant communities and overall ecosystem function.
Biophysical impacts of genome size variation on plant structure and function.
Recent research in the lab has provided strong evidence that between species variation in genome size is strongly coupled to variation in photosynthetic capacity.
We now know that plants with small genomes can build leaves made of small cells which allows for the construction of leaves with both a high stomatal density and a high vein density, leading to enhanced rates of photosynthetic metabolism.