- Physiological ecology of plants
- Application of phylogenetic methods to ecology
- Evolution of plant function, environmental gradients and local adaptation
- Phylogeography and conservation
- Ecosystem services of trees
I am broadly interested in how functional traits of plants link evolutionary history to current ecological processes. In particular I seek to understand how the evolutionary and biogeographic history of organisms influences community assembly, species composition and, hence, ecosystem function in the face of global change. Currently, my lab is combining phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches with studies of plant physiological function to understand forces underlying shifts in stress tolerance among closely related species or among populations of the same species. We are also linking functional attributes of species to the ecosystem services they provide, and I am leading a SESYNC working group on the "Macroevolution of Ecosystem Services of Trees."
Xiaojing Wei defended her thesis on Sept. 15!
The consequences of drought, flooding and insect herbivory on the distributions of closely related Salicaceae species across hydrologic gradients in Minnesota wetlands
The Special Feature on Ecosystem service trade-offs across global contexts and scales based on our Distributed Graduate Seminar in Sustainability Science is out in Ecology and Society.
Lab Photo - 2015
Vinicius da Silva, Dan Stanton, Dudu and Anna Meireles, Shan Kothari, Laura Williams
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Elizabeth Deacon, Xiaojing Wei, Jose Ramirez-Valient, Nick Deacon
Frederick Deacon, Celine Bares and Graham Deacon
Lab Photo - 2014
Beth Fallon, Laura Williams, Xiaojing Wei, Celine Bares, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Matt Kaproth, Will Pearse, Jake Grossman, Jen Teshera-Levye
Lab Photo - 2013
Xiaojing Wei, Laura Williams, Jake Grossman, Matthew Kaproth, Celine Bares, Beth Fallon, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Will Pearse
Lab Photo - 2012
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Anne Beulke, Beth Fallon, Laura Williams, Xiaojing Wei & Gina Quiram
Lab Photo - 2010
Gina Quiram, Alyson Center, Xiaojing Wei, Jessica Savage, Paul Gugger, & Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Lab Photo - 2006
Paul Gugger, Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Jessica Savage, Nick Deacon, Jeannine Cavender-Bares