Dr. Julie Zinnert
Research interests: My research is focused on plant ecology across spatial scales within the context of global change: long-term changes in plant communities, biotic interactions, and interactions with the physical environment. Ecophysiological studies are powerful in elucidating plant function and identifying traits that are adaptive for various environmental conditions. Plant functional traits integrate species interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment and ultimately influence ecosystem properties. I approach questions at a variety of scales, from minutes to decades and from leaf to region, by combining laboratory studies, field work, airborne /satellite remote sensing. I am co-PI at the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) Long-Term Ecological Researach (LTER) site. Current research includes 1) mechanisms of state change between grassland/shrubland, 2) functional composition and connectivity across the barrier island landscape, and 3) carbon dynamics in barrier island communities.
B.S., Biology (2001)
M.S., Biology (2004), Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Integrative Life Sciences (2008), Virginia Commonwealth University
Dissertation: The relationship between lead optical properties and physiological responses for stress detection in coastal plant species
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Post-doctoral Reserch Fellow (2008-2009)
Research Biologist, US Army Corps of Engineers (2009-2013)