Camila Medeiros

email:   Camila Medeiros
phone:  310 206-2887
office:  LS 3218
advisor: Lawren Sack

Research Interest

I am broadly interested in plant ecophysiology, functional ecology, and forest dynamics. Specifically, my PhD work focuses on integrating trait-based approaches in physiology, evolution and ecology, in particular linking leaf and whole-plant function to vital rates and vegetation distributions.


Medeiros C, Scoffoni C, John GP, Bartlett M, Inman-Narahari F, Ostertag R, Cordell S, Giardina C, Sack L. (in press) An extensive suite of functional traits distinguishes wet and dry Hawaiian forests and enables prediction of species vital rates. Functional Ecology

Falcão HM, Medeiros CD, Almeida-Cortez JS, Santos MG (2017) Leaf construction cost is related to water availability in three species of different growth forms in a Brazilian tropical dry forest. Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology DOI: 10.1007/s40626-017-0087-9:

Medeiros CD, Falcão HM, Almeida-Cortez JS, Santos DYAC, Oliveira AFM, Santos MG (in press) Leaf epicuticular wax content changes under different rainfall regimes, and its removal affects the leaf chlorophyll content and gas exchanges of Aspidosperma pyrifolium in a seasonally dry tropical forest. South African Journal of Botany

Falcão HM, Medeiros CD, Silva BLR, Sampaio EVSB, Almeida-Cortez JS, Santos MG (2015) Phenotypic plasticity and ecophysiological strategies in a tropical dry forest chronosequence: a study case with Poincianella pyramidalis. Forest Ecology and Management 340: 62-69

Oliveira MT, Matzek V, Medeiros CD, Rivas R, Falcão HM, Santos MG (2014) Stress Tolerance and Ecophysiological Ability of an Invader and a Native Species in a Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest. Plos One

Oliveira MT, Medeiros CD, Frosi G, Santos MG (2013) Different mechanisms drive the performance of native and invasive woody species in response to leaf phosphorus supply during periods of drought stress and recovery. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Medeiros CD, Oliveira MT, Rivas R, Baldani JI, Kido EA, Santos MG (2012) Gas exchange, growth, and antioxidant activity in sugarcane under biological nitrogen fixation Photosynthetica 50: 519-528

Medeiros CD, Ferreira-Neto JRC, Oliveira MT, Rivas R, Pandolfi V, Kido EA, Baldani JI, Santos MG (2012) Photosynthesis, antioxidant activities and transcriptional responses in two sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) cultivars under salt stress. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum


2012   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco   BS    Biological Sciences

2015   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco   MSc.    Plant Biology

2018   University of California, Los Angeles   Candidate in Philosophy    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology