Most people spend their day moving through landscapes dominated by terrestrial ecosystems that, in turn, are dominated by plants. Plants in terrestrial ecosystems provide the scenery that we enjoy, the shade that we seek, and directly or indirectly the food that we eat. Terrestrial ecosystems are, however, very complex and provide the template for most of man's development and food production activities. Our ability to sustain terrestrial ecosystems for future generations will only be possible if we can more fully understand how they function ecologically.
Research on terrestrial ecosystems in the Plant Ecology Laboratory primarily focuses on forest ecology and woodland herbs.