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)
Biology of Plants
University of Minnesota and Macquarie University: Ph.D. 2012
Peter B Reich, Kerrie M Sendall, Artur Stefanski, Roy L Rich, Sarah E Hobbie, Rebecca A Montgomery
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...
Murray A Rudd, Althea FP Moore, Daniel Rochberg, et al.
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...
Piotr Robakowski, Ernest Bielinis, Kerrie Sendall
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...