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*** PhD Student Needed: Effects of Drought on Above and Belowground processes in Grassland Systems. Contact JC if interested ***
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.