Welcome to the Cahill Lab webpage at the University of Alberta.
We take an experimental approach to tackling fundamental questions in plant ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. Though specific research projects vary among individuals and through time, broad themes include:
•Understanding the role that plant competition and plant-soil interactions play in structuring natural communities.
•Identifying the functional mechanisms by which plants interact in the soil, including plant strategies associated with competition, root foraging and neighbor avoidance.
•Developing a conceptual foundation for the field of plant behavioural ecology, with tight linkages to community and evolutionary biology.
Additionally, as opportunities arise, we tackle more use-inspired research on topics including invasive species, climate change, pollination, and herbivory.