University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
http://www.cbs.umn.edu/

The Cavender-Bares Lab

Research in plant functional and phylogenetic ecology

 


 

Research Interests

 

  • Physiological ecology of plants
  • Application of phylogenetic methods to ecology
  • Evolution of plant function, environmental gradients and local adaptation
  • Phylogeography and conservation
  • Ecosystem services of trees

I am broadly interested in how functional traits of plants link evolutionary history to current ecological processes. In particular I seek to understand how the evolutionary and biogeographic history of organisms influences community assembly, species composition and, hence, ecosystem function in the face of global change. Currently, my lab is combining phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches with studies of plant physiological function to understand forces underlying shifts in stress tolerance among closely related species or among populations of the same species. We are also linking functional attributes of species to the ecosystem services they provide, and I am leading a SESYNC working group on the "Macroevolution of Ecosystem Services of Trees."

 


News

 

Alyson Center defends her thesis on June 8!

Physiological and fitness consequences of seasonal rainfall variation in neotropical live oak seedlings (Quercus oleoides): implications for global change


The Special Feature on Ecosystem service trade-offs across global contexts and scales based on our Distributed Graduate Seminar in Sustainability Science is out in Ecology and Society.


Lab Photo - 2015

Vinicius da Silva, Dan Stanton, Dudu and Anna Meireles, Shan Kothari, Laura Williams

Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Elizabeth Deacon, Xiaojing Wei, Jose Ramirez-Valient, Nick Deacon

Frederick Deacon, Celine Bares and Graham Deacon


Lab Photo - 2014

Beth Fallon, Laura Williams, Xiaojing Wei, Celine Bares, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Matt Kaproth, Will Pearse, Jake Grossman, Jen Teshera-Levye


Lab Photo - 2013

Xiaojing Wei, Laura Williams, Jake Grossman, Matthew Kaproth, Celine Bares, Beth Fallon, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Will Pearse


Lab Photo - 2012

Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Anne Beulke, Beth Fallon, Laura Williams, Xiaojing Wei & Gina Quiram 


Lab Photo - 2010

Gina Quiram, Alyson Center, Xiaojing Wei, Jessica Savage, Paul Gugger, & Jeannine Cavender-Bares


Lab Photo - 2006

Paul Gugger, Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Jessica Savage, Nick Deacon, Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Jeannine Cavender-Bares
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution
& Behavior
 
Office: Ecology 216
Phone: 612-624-6337