The Cavender-Bares Lab

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Remote sensing of biodiversity

    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. Much of our work combines 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. Currently, my lab is focused on using remote sensing tools to link aboveground functional attributes of plants and their diversity to belowground processes as part of a large-scale effort to remotely sense biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

                                                                       Lab photo - 2017


          Fish Lake at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. No snow at all on this year's retreat.             Anna Schweiger, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Jake Grossman, Jen Teshera-Levye, Beth Fallon, Xiaojing Wei, Isabella Armour, Jose (Dudu) Eduardo Meireles

                  Lab and friends x-c ski retreat 2016 - not much snow this year so we hiked instead.

                                                                             St. Croix State Park

Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Daniel Stanton, Shan Kothari, Anna Schweiger, Cathleen Nguyen

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

Lake Itasca Biological Station

Back row: Vinicius da Silva, Dan Stanton, Dudu and Anna Meireles, Shan Kothari, Laura Williams.         Front row: Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Elizabeth Deacon, Xiaojing Wei, Jose Ramirez-Valient, Nick Deacon, Frederick Deacon, Celine Bares and Graham Deacon.

Lab Photo - 2014

Lake Itasca

Beth Fallon, Laura Williams, Xiaojing Wei, Celine Bares, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Matt Kaproth, Will Pearse, Jake Grossman, Jen Teshera-Levye

Lab Photo - 2013

Lake Itasca

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

Lake Itasca

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


Contact information:

Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Dept. of Ecology, Evolution
& Behavior
Office: Ecology 216
Phone: 612-624-6337