The Huxman Lab studies the ecology and evolution of plant functional traits, mostly using physiological approaches. Our research often focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on hydro-bio-geo-chemical processes or mechanisms supporting the conservation / restoration of important ecosystems. We study physiological or plant-mediated processes from the spatial scale of cells to that of whole landscapes. Recently we have focused on understanding climate-ecosystem interactions and their dynamics influence the coupling of carbon and water cycles.
The Huxman lab moved in the summer of 2012 to the University of California, Irvine, from the University of Arizona in Tucson. We are initiating a number of research projects associated with plant and ecosystem dynamics in a range of settings throughout the southwestern U.S. (see Center for Environmental Biology), while also continuing some of our long-term research in the Sonoran Desert (see Tumamoc Hill and the Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory).
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