ecological restoration

Plant traits and ecological processes under climate change

Jennifer Funk studies how plant traits influence ecological processes including drought response, plant invasion, and ecological restoration. Students involved in this work would engage in greenhouse and field projects, with coupled physiological and community-level measurements in a variety of plant communities, from California grasslands to tropical forest understories. 

Restoration under rapid environmental change

The urbanized San Francisco Bay, one of the most important coastal estuaries in the U.S., lies at the intersection of efforts to manage and restore critical habitats that support numerous threatened species. Experimental plots in San Francisco Bay have been established to study restoration of two important foundation species: the seagrass Zostera marina and the native Olympia oyster Ostrea lurida.