Amy Zanne

Research Interests

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.