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Links between traits and fitness

I develop demographic models that allow us to understand how the environment influences population change over time.

 

My future aim is to examine how plant traits interact with environmental properties to influence fitness.I developI 

Plasticity and intraspecific variation

I'm interested in the mechanisms that constrain or enhance trait variation within species, and how this influences higher order ecological processes.

I was recently a guest editor on a special issue for Annals of Botany, which explored the ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of this variation.

economics and ecology: optimality theory

Previously, I applied principles of microeconomics to understand how plants balance nutrients and water used during photosynthesis.

I am now examining how plants allocate resources at whole-plant scale, and how this depends on the environment (i.e. resource availability).

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