Research

My research focuses on how species respond to a changing climate and how conservationists can help species adapt to future climate.

I conduct fieldwork mainly in the biodiversity hotspot of the California Floristic Province on keystone oak tree species that are increasingly threatened by drought and occur nowhere else in the world. My work is exploring new ways to help these extraordinary organisms adapt to new climates, including identifying pockets of refugia, and developing dispersed living oak field gene banks to build a critical genetic repository for threatened populations.

Hydrologic Refugia

Biotic Interactions

Physiological Acclimation