Our lab is interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors influence the physiology of trees and how the physiological mechanisms of trees regulate ecosystem processes. Our main research themes are focused on water, carbon, and nitrogen cycling in forest ecosystems. Within these research themes, we explore both basic and applied questions. Indeed, much of our research is related to applied bioenergy production and sustainability questions, but we are keen to leverage the simplified ecological framework afforded by these systems to probe basic ecological and physiological processes. We are particularly interested in belowground processes and interactions between above- and belowground processes.
PhD in Forest Ecophysiology, University of Georgia, 2011