We study the structure and function of plants with a focus on vascular tissue.  What is the adaptive significance of species’ functional traits, and how can they inform evolutionary ecophysiology of ancient and extant flora?  How does physiology relate to biogeography in current and past climates? How will climate change affect the California flora, and can physiology provide clues to species’ range limits?  These are important questions the answers to which will not only illuminate basic plant function, but provide practical strategies to preserve and manage our natural resources in the years to come.

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