Within a single plant species there can exist a large amount of phenotypic and genetic variation. Understanding the range of responses to stress within a species is vital information for plant breeders interested in improving plant performance. Characterizing whole-plant level responses to stress allows for the summation of multiple cell- and tissue-level responses to be monitored simultaneously. The Enders Lab performs experiments which describe the different mechanisms species use to tolerate stress and introduce students to computational methods and image analysis. Additionally, we take advantage of resources for model plant species, such as Arabidopsis and maize, to understand the genetic basis for stress-related phenotypes.