This research field investigates the evolution of plant strategies for coping with environmental pressures. Specifically, we aim to combine plant structure with plant function, from an evolutionary viewpoint. We combine the study of modern plants with measurements on fossils to gain an understanding of how different plant features have evolved. Currently we are investigating the strategies of light use within a broad group of plants from different families and habitats as well as how leaf form is controlled and what variation in leaf form means to plant function.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
17 April, 2012