We study plant function, anatomy, evolution, and the physiology of plant damage with a focus on extreme weather events such as heat and drought. Through manipulative laboratory and glasshouse experiments, field experiments, imaging and machine learning we aim to uncover the ways in which plants have, and continue to, avoid damage and survive and conversely, how and why a changing climate is causing plant death and damage. This knowledge is critical to the continued survival of plants and the agricultural and natural systems they underpin. We are developing new tools to monitor plant stress and damage in-situ, providing options for continuous monitoring of plant stress in the field. We aim to broaden our understanding of plant function, evolution and anatomy which will ultimately allow us to understand and predict plant death and damage in extreme heat and drought.
Through real-time monitoring and investigation of plant physiological responses and anatomy we are uncovering when and how both water transport declines, and the water transport system becomes damaged during drought, along with the drivers of drought-induced plant death….
Using a phylogenetic approach in diverse species we seek to understand how plant evolution has led to the array of functional “solutions” to the demands of living on land. The greatest challenge on land is growing in the…
We are developing new tools for continuous monitoring of plant stress and damage in-situ which can be applied across all systems, from forest communities to agricultural crops.