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

How will climate change impact coastal communites? VCU news story

Congratulations to Ben Nettleton for successfully defending his MS thesis!

Recent Ecology paper on non-linear shifts from grassland to shrubland

VCU Island time

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.