Coastal Plant Ecology Lab

Our research focuses on plant interactions and feedbacks with the environment at multiple scales. We work at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site. Current research includes plant interactions with geomorphology, factors that lead to grassland-shrubland state change, and consequences of change that determine 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

Welcome Shannon Walker, newest MS student!

New paper accepted in Global Change Biology: Connectivity in coastal systems: barrier island vegetation influcences upland migration in a changing climate 

News story here

Congratulations to Michael Sinclair for successfully defending his MS thesis!

Congratulations to Ben Nettleton, former MS student who accepted a VA Sea Grant Fellowship working at the Office of Natural Resources, to support the Special Assitant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection


Other collaboration

CPEL is a member of the Nutrient Network. We maintain 2 sites on Hog and Metompkin Islands in order to understand how disturbance regime interacts with nutrient additions on coastal grassland communities.