The Mason-Goolsby-Ishibashi undergraduate research seminar recently took an outing to local granite outcrop Rock and Shoals, a southeastern habitat type with a highly specialized plant community. Granite outcrop endemic sunflower Helianthus porteri was in full bloom after a particularly wet summer.
Read our new piece on the extreme ecological and evolutionary lability in leaf and root traits, just out in the Journal of Ecology: “Ecological and evolutionary lability of plant traits affecting carbon and nutrient cycling” – full PDF here.
Read our new study of leaf trait evolution in desert dune sunflower Helianthus anomalus, just out in the journal New Phytologist: “Adaptive differentiation of traits related to resource use in a desert annual along a resource gradient” – full PDF here.
Read a new review of leaf venation theory to which I contributed, just out in the Journal of Experimental Botany: “How do leaf veins influence the worldwide leaf economic spectrum? Review and synthesis” – full PDF here.
Read my newest paper just out in the Journal of Experimental Botany: “Ontogeny strongly and differentially alters leaf economic and other key traits in three diverse Helianthus species” – full PDF here.