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

Congratulations Dr. Natasha Woods for being named one of the top inspiring black scientists in America! You are always an inspiration to us.

Congratulations Joe Brown for his second dissetation chapter published in the Special Issue "Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems": Trait-based investigation reveals patterns of community response to nutrient enrichment in coastal mesic grassland

Congratulations Shannon Walker and Nicole Keller for successfully defending their MS theses!

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!