Welcome to our lab at the University of Alberta!

We study the form and function of plants and their interactions with the environment. If you click on the images shown in the Gallery, you will find out more about specific research topics.

plants & water

Both water and plants are essential for our existence on Earth. The goal of our research group is to study water transport processes in plants and to understand how plants cope with abiotic stress including drought.

We integrate research on xylem physiology and aquaporins in order to get a more complete understanding of how water moves from roots to leaves, and how transport relates to a plant's environment.

A long-term goal is to identify traits that would allow breeding for plants that are more drought tolerant and are able to grow under a wide variety of environmental conditions. Another goal is to understand more specifically how drought causes forest dieback. These goals have practical implications in light of our changing climate.