Ecology Research Seminar: Candidate for Plant Physiological Ecologist, Carter Berry
- Monday, February 11, 2019 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
- Lewis Hall, 304 - view map
The Department of Ecology welcomes Dr. Carter Berry, Candidate for Plant Physiological Ecology Faculty, to campus as he presents his research seminar, "Deluge or drought: Exploring plant function and structure at the extremes." Dr. Berry is a Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, Orange, California.
Climate change is altering cloud and rainfall patterns in ways that fundamentally change how ecosystems balance their need for water and carbon. This leads to the “new normal” where ecosystems experience periods of drought as well as periods of inundation with increasing frequency. Yet, most of our understanding about how plants function come from understanding processes in idealized conditions (dry, sunny, and wet soils). In this talk I explore one end of this spectrum by asking a simple question: how do plants fundamentally function when they are wet?
I explore the effects on both water and carbon budgets and the implications for species in response to climate change. I also highlight how our understanding of plant function could alter water cycles and net productivity at ecosystem scales. I conclude by highlighting three urgent questions about how plants will respond to climate change that will drive my future work.