Plant Ecology and Global Change

The Stinson Lab at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is focused on theoretical and applied issues in plant ecology and evolution. Much of our work is focused on the effects of large-scale environmental change, such climate change and the invasion of exotic species, on natural plant populations.  We broadly investigate physiological changes in plants that affect their abundance and distribution across the landscape.  Current research themes include ecology and impacts of invasive plants, variation in the expression of plant secondary chemistry, symbioses in the rhizosphere,  sap quality and quantity in sugar maple, pollen production by allergenic species, and evolutionary tradeoffs between plant growth and reproduction.

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Links to lab resources and field sites:

Northeast Climate Science Center -

Greenhouses at UMass Amherst -

Mass Spec Center at UMass -

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab -

Harvard Forest -