My research focuses on the structure and function of plants, with a particular interest in how plants efficiently utilize two of the most limiting resources on Earth: water and light.  As an example, the columnar palisade mesophyll cells in leaves and the pipe-like xylem cells in stems are analogous structures, both acting as conduits through which light and water are transported. Both cell types function efficiently within a range of optimum conditions, and my research highlights the implications of dysfunction that occurs outside of those optimum conditions, and how plants have adapted to repair or prevent that loss of functionality.




Contact Information
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Professional Background

Professor of Physiological Plant Ecology, Yale School of the Environment 2021 – Present
Associate Professor of Physiological Plant Ecology, Yale School of the Environment 2019 – 2021
Assistant Professor of Physiological Plant Ecology , Yale School of the Environment 2014 – 2019
Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Florida 2012-2014
Postdoc UC Santa Cruz 2011 – 2012
Postdoc UC Davis 2008 – 2011
Ph.D.  Plant Biology, University of Vermont 2008
M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University 2003
B.S. Biology, Wake Forest University 2002