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

Dr. Natasha Woods has joined our lab as a Ford Foundation post-doctoral scholar!

Welcome Michael Sinclair - a new MS student in the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab!

Paper published in Ecosphere on functional traits of expanding shrubs

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.