My research focuses broadly on understanding the evolution and ecological significance of plant function. To conduct my work, I often integrate aspects of physiology, ecology, biogeography, and evolution and utilize diverse methods including plant gas-exchange, hydraulics, stable isotopes, functional anatomy, species niche and distribution modelling, and often in an evolutionary context.
In short, the things I get most excited about tend to be related to:
1) fundamental Q's about how plants work,
2) the coordination of traits under stress,
3) how traits determine distribution & niche,
4) why species' physiologies evolved as they did.
In reality, my current projects are just as diverse as you might expect from my stated interests, and range from the ecophysiology of polyploid plants, conservation physiology of cycads, drought responses in vascular plants, and the phenotypic and functional consequences of domestication in crop legumes. Check out the links below for more information.
Christopher Krieg, Ph.D.
Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin
Madison WI 54706
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