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 can give us enhanced insight into interspecific
differences. I have been examining relationships between plant physiological
and anatomical traits. In this work, I am relating hydraulic safety and efficiency traits
in Australian woody angiosperms between sites contrasting in nutrients and rainfall.
This work entails measuring hydraulic conductivity, vulnerability to embolism, and
various anatomical and leaf traits. Additionally, I am comparing species from global
databases of wood anatomy traits related to hydraulic safety and efficiency.