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Luiza Aparecido

Assistant Professor

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Research Statement

Plants tend to decline their productivity as environmental conditions become dire. The effects of stressful conditions can be mitigated through adapted plant functional traits. However, these strategies or traits are not yet appropriately incorporated into land-surface and mechanistic models, thus possibly leading to inaccurate estimations of the water and carbon cycles. My research goal is to investigate plant physiological responses to a changing climate. More specifically, my work has focused on the effects of these stressors on plant water use strategies and carbon assimilation rates across tropical, temperate, and arid ecosystems. Currently, I have been focusing on the effects of thermal stress on natural and urban plant systems. I am also interested in novel ways of incorporating plant ecophysiology into outreach opportunities that focus on climate change awareness.

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