Plants • Soil • Air • Water • Society │Heterogeneity
We are broadly interested in exploring the links between landscape structure and ecosystem function.
Our work is driven by questions that span and connect spatial scales from plant tissue chemistry, plant-plant and plant-soil interactions, plant community structure and dynamics, hydrologic dynamics, and spatial heterogeneity of biotic and physical components of landscapes.
In general, our research is highly interdisciplinary reflecting the variety of disciplines needed to understand and manage ecological systems in a changing world. We work collaboratively with other ecologists, hydrologists, land managers, geographers, social scientists, urban designers and planners, community organizations, among others.
We work in a variety of systems including the savannas of California and South Africa and the metropolitan regions of Sacramento and Baltimore. Our research questions and interests are not limited to a single system.
As a lab, we strive to conduct research relevant to today's societal concerns while at the same time advancing understanding within our academic field. Find out more about our projects under the research tab. We are an intellectually open and dynamic group that enjoys learning from each other. If you’re interested in joining the lab as a post-doc, student or technician, please read the open letter to prospective future members on the join the lab tab.
Alex was awarded a Sustainable Agriculture scholarship from Annie's. Congratulations Alex!
Joanna was awarded the Garden Club of America Fellowship in Urban Forestry. Way to go Joanna!
Read about 50 years of old field succession at Hutcheson Memorial Forest!