Postdoctoral Fellow

Hydraulic efficiency and safety: do tradeoffs have an evolutionary basis in the rosids

PI(s): Amy Zanne
Start Date: 1-May-2007
End Date: 30-Apr-2008
Keywords: physiology, phylogenetics, morphology, community ecology

I work at the crossroads of plant ecology, physiology, and evolutionary biology. I am interested in determining suites of plant functional traits (ecological, morphological, and physiological) and how these suites allow species to grow in different environments. I especially enjoy examining these suites in a phylogenetic context and view that such analyses are extremely important if we are to properly examine community-level relationships. In the last few years, I have been examining the ability of xylem sapwood to supply water to different parts of the plant body, with a current focus on tradeoffs between xylem safety and efficiency.

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