Plant Physiological Ecology
My research centers on plant community interactions and feedbacks with the environment across multiple scales. Ecophysiological studies are powerful in elucidating plant function and identifying traits that are adaptive for various environmental conditions. Plant functional traits are powerful as they integrate species interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment and ultimately influence ecosystem properties. I approach questions at a variety of scales, from minutes to decades and from leaf to region, by combining laboratory studies, field work, and airborne /satellite remote sensing. Current research includes filtering of plants and community assembly across the barrier island landscape, environmental drivers that lead to changes in community composition, and the landscape level consequences of change.