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Responses of plants to flooding
Effects of environment on photosynthesis in plants
My research involves investigating physiological, biochemical, anatomical, and biophysical adaptations that enable plants to live under conditions of environmental stress. Much of my earlier work focused on responses of wetland and estuarine plants to conditions of flooding and salinity. During my graduate research, I studied how estuarine Spartina grasses (Poaceae) tolerate coastal mudflat conditions. I identified several physiological and biochemical features that contribute to flooding tolerance and estuarine zonation, including internal oxygen transport, anaerobic respiration capacity, aerobic demand, and oxygen affinity. Since then, my students and I have expanded my work to investigate processes in other systems. My students are now working on projects to characterize species zonation in freshwater wetlands, mechanisms of flooding tolerance in freshwater plants, effects of drought on prairie grasses, effects of creek drying on riparian plants, effects of oil well brine on plant productivity, and nitrate assimilation in wetland plants. Our work is helping to characterize general mechanisms of drought or waterlogging tolerance across plants, including other economically important crop species or ecologically relevant systems like wetlands.
The "Killer B's" lab group on 4/26/2013. Left to right: Bliss Betzen, Hayley Disney, Katelyn Lindsey, Keri Caudle, Cera Smart, Quentin Aker, Nicole Martin, and Brian Maricle.
Not pictured: Taylor Biggs.
The "Killer B's" lab group on 5/1/2012. Back row: Bliss Betzen, Brian Maricle, Keri Caudle, and Shaley White.
Front row: Alondra Meraz, Nyasha Maforo, and Cera Smart.
Not pictured: Jake Olsen, Karina Barrett, and Taylor Biggs.
"The Hive" is buzzing. Left to right: Alex Hatfield, Nicole Martin, Cera Smart, and Taylor Biggs.
Current Projects in the Lab
Cali R. Parker, B.S. studentMajor: AccountingHometown:Lab member: 2008-2009Project: Mechanisms of chilling-tolerant C4 photosynthesis in Spartina
My work is well-suited for student involvement, and I have always involved students in my work. Students can gain valuable lab/field experience and ″hands-on″ learning, and I am happy for the help in the lab or field. If you are a current FHSU student and are interested in work similar to what is described here, feel free to contact me to discuss the possibility of work in my lab. Feel free to get in touch to discuss possibilities.
Interested in becoming a graduate student in my lab? Read this.
Text and photos by Brian R. Maricle (photos of Bliss Betzen, Taylor Biggs, and Cera Smart by Keri Caudle)
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last updated 27 April 2013
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