Craig Brodersen
Associate Professor of Physiological Plant Ecology

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Morgan Furze
YIBS Donnelley Postdoctoral Scholar
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Research Interests: My research focuses on how plants interact with their environment, with a particular interest in whole-plant carbon dynamics and its implications for how plants function in a changing world. I integrate tools from plant physiology, forest ecology, and isotope biogeochemistry with microCT imaging to explore nonstructural carbohydrate storage and allocation in response to stress in ecologically and economically important plants, especially trees.







Haoran Zhou
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoc Fellow
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Research Interests: Plant eco-physiology and ecological and evolutionary models, specifically the evolution of C3, C4, CAM photosynthesis.


Ana Clara Fanton Borges
Ph.D. Candidate, 2014 – Present

Research Interests: I am interested in sustainable agricultural systems, particularly in water and pest management and their effects in crop fit and yield. I study plant structure-function relationships with a focus on water and carbon transport dynamics. My research seeks to identify physiological traits and to understand the mechanisms that are linked to disease resistance among different genotypes. For my dissertation work, I applied a variety of methods investigating the relationships between xylem network and dysfunction of the water transport due to the Xylella fastidiosa infection in different grapevine genotypes, from non-cultivated American species to commercial European vinifera cultivars and their hybrids. I hope to provide tools for breeding programs and disease management.


Kyra Prats
Ph.D. Candidate, 2016 – Present


Research Interests: “Broadly speaking, I am interested in the ecophysiology of plants—particularly ferns—under environmental stressors, such as drought or freezing temperatures. Ferns can serve as crucial bio-indicators of drought and climate change in many ecosystems, and studying their ecophysiology can provide insight into how they cope with changing climates. I use a variety of methods—from gas exchange and hydraulics, to microCT and epi-illumination fluorescence microscopy—to explore fern ecophysiology. Additionally, I am a joint PhD candidate with the New York Botanical Garden.”








Aleca Borsuk

Ph.D. Student 2019 – Present
Research Interests: Plant morphology, plant physiology, and bio-inspired technology. My current studies are aimed at characterizing 3D leaf traits, understanding how these influence natural variation in photosynthetic capacity, and modeling biophysical processes such as light propagation and carbon dioxide transport within the heterogeneous inner landscape of the leaf.








Joseph Zailaa
Ph.D. Student 2020-Present
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Research Interests: My research revolves around plant-atmosphere interactions from the cellular to the ecosystem level. More specifically, I am interested in exploring mechanisms driving hydraulic function in plants, the exchange of water vapor and CO2 between vegetation and the environment, and the various anatomical, physiological, and morphological ways plants have adapted or can acclimate to sub-optimal abiotic conditions, including high-temperature and low-water environments. With climate trends shifting towards higher temperatures and more severe drought regimes in many regions globally, affecting individual- to community-level productivity and mortality, investigating these processes is gaining much urgency. During my PhD, I hope to combine empirical and computational approaches to investigate how vegetation will respond to a rapidly changing climate.


Lab Alumni

Elizabeth Clark – Postdoctoral Scientist – Duke University

Adam Roddy – Assistant Professor – Florida International University

Santiago Trueba – Postdoctoral Scientist – INRA France

Mason Earles – Assistant Professor, University of California – Davis

Jay Wason – Assistant Professor, University of Maine

Martin Bouda – Postdoctoral Fellow, Czech Academy of Sciences

Cameron Musser – USDA Forest Service


Andrew McElrone – UC Davis

Brendan Choat – U. Western Sydney

Brett Huggett – Bates College

Peter Crane – Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Christine Scoffoni – Cal State Los Angeles

Lawren Sack – UCLA

Jarmila Pittermann – UC Santa Cruz

Dan Johnson – U. of Georgia

Matthew Gilbert – UC Davis

Guillaume Theroux-Rancourt – University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna

Bill Smith – Wake Forest

Ed Exteberria – U. of Florida

Nabil Killiny – U. of Florida