Dr. Julie Zinnert - PI

 

Research interests:  

My research centers on plant interactions with biotic and abiotic factors in the context of global change across spatial and temporal scales in coastal systems. The importance of sea-level rise, alterations in storm frequency, and temperature changes are at the forefront in explaining long-term changes in coastal plant communities. Trained as a plant physiological ecologist, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms responsible for individual species distributions under various environmental conditions to inform predictions for response to climate change. I approach questions at a variety of scales, working at the organismal level and across the landscape by combining cutting edge laboratory studies, field work, and 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.

Education:

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)

Dr. Donald Young - Collaborator
Dr. Natasha Woods - Post-doc
Joe Brown - PhD student
Lauren Wood - PhD student
Ben Nettleton- MS Student
Michael Sinclair - MS Student
Eddie Long - Undergraduate
Austin Tuley - Undergraduate
Caroline Baucom - Undergraduate

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.