One of Liz Ryan’s thesis chapters was published, titled “Clinal variation in phenological traits and fitness responses to drought across the native range of California poppy.” She found that California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) varies tremendously across it’s range; southern populations (warmer and drier sites) are more drought tolerant than northern populations, and are also more likely to flower earlier in the season, germinate later, have a shorter growing season, and have lower below-ground allocation. Her study also showed that there was a benefit to plants growing in soils from their home collection site; they grew 10% more in home soils compared to a common garden soil here in San Diego. Nice work Liz! You can download the paper for free here: