January 12 2015

11:00 158 Hershey Hall

Bill Anderegg
Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

Plant physiology, ecology, and demography during climate extremes


Climate change has already affected and will profoundly alter Earths ecosystems in coming decades. Climate extremes, such as drought and heat waves, have recently triggered widespread tree mortality events on all vegetated continents. Tree mortality rates influence species distributions, ecosystem services provided to society, and carbon and water cycling of ecosystems. Yet our current mechanistic understanding of how plants die and in what conditions, which is critical to predicting complex spatiotemporal patterns of mortality, is remarkably low. I will give an overview of my research into unraveling the mechanisms of how plants die and how physiology translates into plant demographics and bio-geography in the face of rapid climate change.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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