We study the many aspects of how water moves through ecosystems, from rainfall to wetlands, rivers, and groundwater; and how water interacts with terrestrial ecosystems. As such, we are an interdisciplinary lab with interests in several fields including plant physiology, ecosystem ecology, soil science, and hydrogeology.
We study the many aspects of how water moves through ecosystems
Our two primary questions are: 1) how does ecosystem structure and function affect ecosystem water yield, and 2) how does water availability affect ecosystem structure and function? We use a variety of tools ranging from direct measurement of plant abundance and function to watershed-level modeling to answer these broad questions. We also partner with a variety of experts from academia, government agencies, and private organizations. Internal collaborators include aquatic biologists and forest ecologists, while external collaborators include plant physiologists, engineers, and geologists. Lastly, our outreach efforts focus on both small and large forest landowners, natural resource managers, and other stakeholders interested in the benefits of longleaf pine for ecosystem services.