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
If you want to know more, click here. 
Viridiana (Vidi) Castro, PhD Student
Vidi has an MSc from Cal State Bakersfield where she investigated chaparral plants, specifically looking at plant hydraulic responses to drought. She will continue in this line of inquiry, expanding her interests to answer broader questions in plant structure and function.

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.



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 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
Dr. Craig Brodersen, Yale University
Dr. Emily Burns, Director of Science, Sky Islands Conservation, AZ
Helen Holmlund, Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University
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