Torrey Plant Physiology Lab


The Ecophysiology group studies the physiological mechanisms underlying plant responses to environmental conditions and the influence these responses have on ecological patterns and processes. Globally, plants live in a wide range of environments and the conditions in these environments can fluctuate dramatically over the time scale of seconds to years and beyond. The Ecophysiology group focuses the basic environmental physiology of carbon, water and nutrient cycling and strives to integrate these physiological processes to gain an understanding of plant form and function in a changing global environmental setting. With a particular interest in the interactions between climate change and plant physiological ecology, experimental observations are made at a range of spatial scales and a modeling framework is often used in an effort to relate the mechanistic responses to ecosystem function.