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.
Evolutionary legacy effects on ecosystems: Biogeographic origins, plant traits, and implications for management in the era of global change
J Cavender-Bares, D Ackerly, S Hobbie, P Townsend
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 47, 433-62
Seed production timing influences seedling fitness in the tropical live oak Quercus oleoides of Costa Rican dry forests
A Center, JR Etterson, NJ Deacon, J Cavender-Bares
American Journal of Botany 103 (8), 1407-1419
Monitoring plant functional diversity from space
W Jetz, Cavender-Bares J., R Pavlick, D Schimel, FW Davis, GP Asner, ...
Nature Plants, 10.1038/nplants.2016.24
Associations of leaf spectra with genetic and phylogenetic variation in oaks: prospects for remote detection of biodiversity
Cavender-Bares J., JE Meireles, JJ Couture, M Kaproth, CC Kingdon, A. Singh, S.P. Serbin, A. Center, E. Zuniga, Pilz G. & P.A. Townsend
Remote Sensing 108364, doi:10.3390/rs8030221
Phylogeny and biogeography of the American live oaks (Quercus subsection Virentes): A genomic and population genetics approach
J Cavender-Bares, A Gonzalez-Rodriguez, DAR Eaton, AAL Hipp, ...
Molecular Ecology 24 (14), 3668–3687