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Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Distinguished McKnight University Professor


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Ph.D., Harvard University, 2000

Graduate Faculty Memberships

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Plant Biological Sciences


The unifying goal of my work is to understand how functional traits of plants link evolutionary history to current ecological processes with consequences for ecosystem function and stability on an increasingly human dominated planet. My research program integrates levels of biological organization from cell and tissue function to ecosystem biology with a long-term goal of understanding the origins and organization of plant biodiversity and its consequences. In doing so, I bring together concepts and tools from physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology and remote sensing.

Selected Publications
  • Remote Sensing of Plant Biodiversity. J. Cavender-Bares, J. Gamon, P. Townsend (eds.). Springer. 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-33157-3
  • Cavender-Bares, J., J. Padullés Cubino, W. D. Pearse, S. E. Hobbie, A. J. Lange, S. Knapp, and K. C. Nelson. 2020. Horticultural availability and homeowner preferences drive plant diversity and composition in urban yards. Ecological Applications n/a:e02082.
  • Cavender-Bares, J. 2019. Diversification, adaptation, and community assembly of the American oaks (Quercus), a model clade for integrating ecology and evolution. New Phytologist 221:669-692.
  • Fallon, B., and J. Cavender-Bares. 2018. Leaf-level trade-offs between drought avoidance and desiccation recovery drive elevation stratification in arid oaks. Ecosphere 9:e02149.
  • Pearse, W. D., J. Cavender-Bares, S. E. Hobbie, M. L. Avolio, N. Bettez, R. R. Chowdhury, L. E. Darling, P. M. Groffman, J. M. Grove, S. J. Hall, J. B. Heffernan, J. Learned, C. Neill, K. C. Nelson, D. E. Pataki, B. L. Ruddell, M. K. Steele, and T. L. E. Trammell. 2018. Homogenization of plant diversity, composition, and structure in North American urban yards. Ecosphere 9.
  • Schweiger, A. K., J. Cavender-Bares, P. A. Townsend, S. E. Hobbie, M. D. Madritch, R. Wang, D. Tilman, and J. A. Gamon. 2018. Plant spectral diversity integrates functional and phylogenetic components of biodiversity and predicts ecosystem function. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:976-982.
  • Ramírez-Valiente, J. A., and J. Cavender-Bares. 2017. Evolutionary trade-offs between drought resistance mechanisms across a precipitation gradient in a seasonally dry tropical oak (Quercus oleoides). Tree Physiology 37:889-901.
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