College of Biological Sciences
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Jeannine Cavender-Bares is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Her research focuses on linking functional traits of plants and their evolutionary history with current ecological processes in order to understand the organization of plant biodiversity and its consequences.
Cavender-Bares’ latest projects examine climatic niche evolution in plants from the tropics to the temperate zone, local adaptation of trees to climate, and impacts of perturbation on plant diversity and community assembly. These projects are part of a long-term effort to investigate impacts of global change on biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes.
As an IonE resident fellow, Cavender-Bares has collaborated with scientists across the U.S. and Mexico to develop a distributed graduate seminar in sustainability science that addresses the issues and tradeoffs of meeting human needs while managing Earth's life support systems.
See Cavender-Bares’ faculty page for more info.