I am investigating strategies used by plants to optimize the distribution of water through their highly branched vascular systems. These studies will further our understanding of how plants adapt to their environments.
Specific questions being investigated in my lab include: How do plants remove air embolisms in the plant xylem when water potentials are negative? Can plants alter the bio-mechanical strength of the bordered pit membranes that separate xylem conduits? How does the wounding of the xylem tissue impact the measure of hydraulic resistance? and How do plants regulate leaf shape with respect to crown position within individual trees and along a latitudinal gradient?
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- Faculty Senator School of Humanities and Sciences
- Honors Steering Committee Member
- Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee Member
- Biology Club and Beta Beta Beta Adviser
- Director of the Physiological and Ecophysiological Sections of the Botanical Society of America
- Review Editor for the Journal Frontiers in Plant Biophysics and Modeling
- Member of the Botanical Society of America
- Ad hoc Grant Proposal Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and United States Department of Agriculture
- Ad hoc reviewer for the following peer review scientific journals