Broadly, my work focuses on how functional trait relationships affect plant performance. I look at the ecophysiological and evolutionary patterns of plant traits that contribute to drought and low-nutrient resistance. To do this, I use cultivated sunflower and the wild Helianthus genus.
Athens Science Cafe
Crowd at the Athens Science Café with chef Hugh Acheson, Botanical Gardens, 2015
Sunflower and Plant Physiology
Sunflower and plant physiology boat selfie
PBIO grad student David Higgins counts down for Grad students Ilkay Doerter, Lauren Eserman, and Jess Stephens to begin the egg-and-spoon race at the Graduate Student Field Day (April, 2015)
Loren Rieseberg, John Burke, Lisa Donovan, Brent Hulke, Andries Temme, Rishi Masalia exploring the deserts of Southern California (2015).
Research - Helianthus Seedlings
Helianthus annuus seedlings