Coastal Plant Ecology Lab

Our research focuses on plant interactions and feedbacks with the environment at multiple scales. We are part of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research. Current research includes plant interactions with geomorphology, belowground biotic interactions in dune grasses, mechanisms and consequences of grassland-shrubland state change, and predicting barrier island resilience. We collaborate with local and international researchers, and encourage interactions in national and international forums. Check us out on instagram and twitter @CPELVCU

Recent news

Emily Riffe was awarded the Garden Club of Virginia's 2020 Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship for her project "Native and invasice dune grasses: importance of belowground traits and biotic interactions." Well done Emily!

Congratulations Joe Brown for his first dissetation chapter published in Ecosphere: Topography and disturbance influence trait-based community composition and productivity of adjacent habitats in a coastal system

Congratulations Lauren Wood for her first dissertation chapter published in Scientific Reports: Decreased temperature variance associated with biotic composition enhances coastal shrub encroachment




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