Caroline E. Farrior
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
office: 114 Claxton
(beginning Fall 2016)
Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
New Farrior Lab
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Plant communities are complex systems shaped by numerous processes acting over different spatial and temporal scales. The interplay of interactions across these scales fascinates me. And because plants are a major component of the global carbon cycle, these processes have the potential to significantly buffer or accelerate the pace of climate change.
In my attempts to understand how plant communities work, I move back and forth between empirical and theoretical studies. I build simple tractable models whose results I can understand. I accompany these models with more realistic simulation models to validate that understanding and make quantitative predictions. And most importantly, I motivate, parametrize and test my theoretical work with experiments and observations in the field.
I'm starting a lab at the University of Texas, Austin in Fall 2016. Please contact me if you are interested in joining me there as a graduate student or post doc. click here.
26 May 2015 - Our paper on competitive allocation strategies and rainfall regimes is out in PNAS. link
This study of soil moisture dynamics and shifting importance of competition for water versus light with CO2 provides an important baseline understanding of competitive plant responses to many other global change factors.
7 May 2015 - E. Weng et al.'s paper on incorporating the PPA forest dynamics model and competitive allocation strategies into GFDL's Earth System Model (LM3) is now out. link
This paper presents a collaborative effort between ecologists and earth system modelers to include important ecological feedbacks into global carbon cycle predictions.
13 Nov 214 - Our paper on forest carbon fertilization under nitrogen limitation is now out in early view at Global Change Biology link
2 Sept 2014 - I started work at NIMBioS as a postdoctoral fellow!
31 Jul 2014 - A new commentary in the New Phytologist on van Loon et al.'s very nice paper on individual-based competition for light in soybean plants. With the commentary I explore the potential impacts of including competitive optimization in predictions of plant responses to climate change.
23 Jun 2014 - Our paper, "Competition for water and light in closed-canopy forests", in The American Naturalist was awarded the society's Presidential Award for the best paper in the journal in 2013 at the Evolution conference in Raleigh, NC.
Updated May 27, 2015