Research

Here in the Watkins Lab we focus broadly on plant ecology and physiology with an emphasis on ferns. We ask questions about reproductive ecology and how plants balance reproduction with growth and maintenance. Ultimately we hope to understand better the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape plant diversity using ferns as a model system. While the lab specializes in fern ecophysiology, members of the group work on a diverse array of questions from heavy metal hyperaccumulation in Brassicaceae to reproductive ecology in Cycads and functional convergence in Lycophytes. We are a diverse team with many ongoing projects!