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Kerrie Sendall - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Kerrie Sendall

Assistant Professor | Georgia Southern University


Professor Sendall focuses on the effects of global climate change on plant traits such as photosynthetic rates, growth, and survival


My research interests include plant ecophysiology, climate change, forest dynamics and biodiversity, invasive species, and restoration ecology. My current work examines the effect of global climate change on plant functional traits such as photosynthetic rates, growth, survival, and nutrient dynamics.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Invasive Species


Climate Change


Biology of Plants

Environmental Biology

Forest Ecology

Restoration Ecology

Education (1)

University of Minnesota and Macquarie University: Ph.D. 2012

Articles (3)

Effects of climate warming on photosynthesis in boreal tree species depend on soil moisture

Nature: International Journal of Science

Peter B Reich, Kerrie M Sendall, Artur Stefanski, Roy L Rich, Sarah E Hobbie, Rebecca A Montgomery

2018 Climate warming will influence photosynthesis via thermal effects and by altering soil moisture1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. Both effects may be important for the vast areas of global forests that fluctuate between periods when cool temperatures limit photosynthesis and periods when soil moisture may be limiting to carbon gain4,5,6,9,10,11. Here we show that the effects of climate warming flip from positive to negative as southern boreal forests transition from rainy to modestly dry periods during the growing season...

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Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA

Environmental Management

Murray A Rudd, Althea FP Moore, Daniel Rochberg, et al.

2018 Climate change has far-reaching effects on human and ecological systems, requiring collaboration across sectors and disciplines to determine effective responses. To inform regional responses to climate change, decision-makers need credible and relevant information representing a wide swath of knowledge and perspectives. The southeastern U. S. State of Georgia is a valuable focal area for study because it contains multiple ecological zones that vary greatly in land use and economic activities, and it is vulnerable to diverse climate change impacts...

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Light energy partitioning, photosynthetic efficiency and biomass allocation in invasive Prunus serotina and native Quercus petraea in relation to light environment …

Journal of Plant Research

Piotr Robakowski, Ernest Bielinis, Kerrie Sendall

2018 This study addressed whether competition under different light environments was reflected by changes in leaf absorbed light energy partitioning, photosynthetic efficiency, relative growth rate and biomass allocation in invasive and native competitors. Additionally, a potential allelopathic effect of mulching with invasive Prunus serotina leaves on native Quercus petraea growth and photosynthesis was tested. The effect of light environment on leaf absorbed light energy partitioning and photosynthetic characteristics was more pronounced than the effects of interspecific competition and allelopathy...

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