Department of
Plant Biology

Faculty Research in Plant Biology

Our investigations extend from studies of the behavior of subatomic particles in photosynthetic reaction centers to the dynamics and complexity of Paleozoic ecosystems. We address many of society's most pressing challenges: managing and conserving our natural resources, assessing effects of climate change on crop yields and ecosystem function, and developing new sources of renewable energy. Research in the department can be broadly grouped into four overlapping areas: Physiology & Development, Ecology & Climate Change, Systematics and Evolution, and Biochemistry & Genetics. The multi-level, interdisciplinary nature of our approaches places most faculty in at least two of these categories.