Ecological and evolutionary responses to global change

 

 

Our Research

Overview

Research in our lab evaluates responses to global change at multiple scales, from individual plants to ecosystem-level processes. We rely on the unifying concept of plant functional traits, that reflect trade-offs in ecological and evolutionary strategies, and integrate the responses of species to their environment, as well as the impact of species on ecosystem level processes. We focus on the native and invasive plants in Southern California ecosystems, and utilize multiple modes of inquiry, including field experiments, lab studies, data synthesis, and observations along natural gradients. One particular trait of interest is phenology, or seasonal timing, which influences many aspects of plant ecology and evolution.

Latest News

new paper accepted in Evolution Letters

new paper accepted in Evolution Letters

Congratulations José! One of his dissertation chapters was recently accepted for publication in Evolution Letters. The study shows that while most plants benefit from germinating early in the growing season, this advantage is reduced by herbivores, which tend to...

The California Poppy Project

The California Poppy Project

The lab received funding from the California Conservation Genomics Project (https://www.ccgproject.org/) to sequence full genomes from 100 California poppy individuals collected from across the state. Some of the sampled individuals were grown from seed collected by...

Congratulations to Julia on her defense!

Congratulations to Julia on her defense!

Congratulations to Julia Gaudio on her successful Masters thesis defense! Her thesis was titled: "Early-season Drought Favors Delayed Germination Strategies in Two Grass Species." Many past experiments in the lab have found that it's generally advantageous for plants...