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About Me

I am a plant ecologist who studies ecophysiological and morphological adaptations in forest species.  
I've always been fascinated by the various adaptations that allow plants to persist in resource-limited environments. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to study adaptations to light limitation, water limitation, and more recently, nutrient limitation.  
I completed my Bachelor's Degree in 2010 at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, NY. Later that year I began my graduate career at the University of Miami in Carol Horvitz's Lab. In 2011, I participated in a graduate course in Tropical Biology sponsored by OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies), and in 2012 I initiated my dissertation research at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica. I completed my PhD in May 2016 and began a postdoc at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in August 2016, with Kasey Barton and Tiffany Knight. In August of 2018 I moved to Australia to begin a second postdoc, working with Ian Wright.

In addition to conducting research in plant ecology and ecophysiology, I enjoy participating in science education and outreach activities and programs, such as those with the Girl Scouts of America. I'm also interested in photography, and travel. 
Email: andreawesterband at

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