Jarmila Pittermann, la jefa
Post Doc  Miller Institute for Basic Research, UC Berkeley, advisor: Dr. Todd Dawson
PhD  University of Utah, advisor: Dr. John Sperry
MSc University of Toronto, advisor: Dr. Rowan Sage
B. Arts & Sci.  McMaster University, advisor: Dr. John Lott
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Helen Holmlund, PhD Student
Helen is interested in fern ecophysiology, specifically traits that contribute to survival in ferns during California's severe drought. (click on photo for link to personal website)

Ryan Salladay, PhD Student

Ryan is interested in how fire affects xylem structure and function, and how the vascular response couples to post-fire recovery. (Click on photo for link to personal website)




Alex Baer, Lab Manager

Alex has completed in Master's degree in plant hydraulics at Cal State, Bakersfield and is continuing to pursue his interests in plant hydraulics and ecophysiology. He is currently working with terrestrial and epiphytic ferns.



 Dr. Emily Burns, Research Associate and Director of Science and Education at the Save the Redwoods League 

Dr. Burns received her B.Sc. at UC Davis followed by a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Dr. Todd Dawson's lab.  Ferns and redwoods are her passions, as are cats and turtles.



How about you? Cool  

I enjoy mentoring students with a broad interest in plant physiology, evolution and structure and function. Any previous plant science experience either in the lab or the field is certainly an asset! My research  involves a combination of field campaigns (collecting samples, using instruments to assess water potential, photosynthesis etc.), hydraulic measures, anatomy, and some degree of stable isotopes. Projects may be either local or international. I am happy to advise students with interests that are similar to mine, as well as co-advise those individuals who are working in a related discipline and wish to add a physiology component to their thesis. 

I provide students in my lab with guidance on 1. developing a thesis project that is rewarding, achievable and has potential to make an important contribution, 2. developing a research plan, 3. manuscript preparation - I expect you to have at least one paper in press before you graduate, and 4. preparation of grant proposals. Securing your own research funding is a necessary aspect of scholarly and professional activity so I expect students to think creatively and to pro-actively seek support for their projects.

I strongly encourage students to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides three years of support. Information about our department, application deadlines etc. can be found here.

Feel free to contact me for further information. Smile


Lab Alumni and their current positions
Post-Doctoral Associates
Dr. James Wheeler, stay tuned!
Dr. Craig Brodersen, Assistant Professor, Yale University
Dr. Emily Burns, Director of Science, Save the Redwoods League
Sarah Tepler Drobnitch graduated in 2016! 
Kate Cary graduated in 2019!
Visiting Students
Daniel Wallick, now an undergraduate at Swarthmore College
Jessica Paucard (MSc), Universite Clermont-Ferrand, France,
Marilyne Allietta (MSc), Universite Clermont-Ferrand, France
Astrid Moreau (MSc), Bordeaux University, France
Lauren Poster, currently enrolled at Rutgers University, New Jersey
Niara Brown, 2019 CAMINO program
Colin Fairbairn
Juliette Bechard, recently graduated!
Gina Ranieri, recently graduated!
Ronnie Eldredge Appleseed, Field Botanist, GEI Consulting
Jennifer Mahley, environmental consultant, Berkeley, CA
Alex Chacon, environmental scientist with the City of Los Angeles
Alex Baer, MSc. candidate, California State University, Bakersfield
Corinna Likes, Teaching assistant, Los Angeles
Madelynn Taylor, Research Assistant, Stanford University
Paige Prentice, Research assistant, Borneo; orangutan conservation
Christopher Rico, Technical Specialist, Pioneer Inc.
Jon Lance, University of Hawaii, MSc student 
Nathan Kaufman, Urban Adamah Conservation Group
Elaine Zhang, California Academy of Sciences
Stephanie Ko, California School of Podiatry Medicine
Sherwin Bastami
Lindsey Roark
Joshua Cowan
Lab Manager
Lucy Lynn, High School Science Teacher
Visiting Scholars
Dr. Ying Sang, Northeastern Forestry University, Harbin, China
Dr. Orlando Guenni, Facultad de Agronomia, Instituto de Botanica Agricola Maracay, Venezuela