Jarmila Pittermann, la jefaPost Doc Miller Institute for Basic Research, UC Berkeley, advisor: Dr. Todd DawsonPhD University of Utah, advisor: Dr. John SperryMSc University of Toronto, advisor: Dr. Rowan SageB. Arts & Sci. McMaster University, advisor: Dr. John Lottjpitterm@ucsc.eduIf you want to know more, click here.
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)
Hugh Leonard PhD student My interests are in how plants function within an ecosystem, and how their physiology can alter based on plant communities and disturbances. My current research is investigating how fire impacts drought adaptations in plants under different community assemblages and across geographic regions. I conduct a lot of fieldwork in California, with a corresponding amount of lab work, and it's that balance that I love about what I do.
Alex Baer, Lab Manager
Alex has completed a 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, and is lead manager of a large greenhouse project.
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?
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.