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.
- Song, J., G.R. Miller, A.T. Cahill, L.M.T. Aparecido, G.W. Moore. (2021) Modeling profiles of micrometeorological variables in a tropical premontane rainforest using multi-layered CLM (CLM-ml). Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 13(5), e2020MS002259. https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020MS002259
- Aparecido, L.M.T.; Woo, S.*; Suazo, C.*; Hultine, K.; Blonder, B. (2020) High water use in desert plants exposed to extreme heat. Ecology Letters, 23(8), 1189-1200. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.13516
- Aparecido, L. M. T.; dos Santos, J.; Higuchi, N.; Kunert, N. (2019) Relevance of tree size and wood anatomy in the determination and allometry of sapwood area for Amazonian tree species. Acta Amazonica, 49(1), 1-10. https://www.scielo.br/j/aa/a/sxHthpkfWg7LKSqSKXNVLNv/?lang=en
- Aparecido, L.M.T.; Miller, G.R.; Cahill, A.T.; Moore, G.W. (2017) Leaf surface traits and water storage retention affect photosynthetic responses to leaf surface wetness among wet tropical forest and semiarid savanna plants. Tree Physiology, 37(10), 1285-1300. https://academic.oup.com/treephys/article/37/10/1285/3977790
- Aparecido, L.M.T.; Miller, G.R.; Cahill, A.T.; Moore, G.W. (2016) Tree Transpiration Response to Wet and Dry Canopy Conditions in a Costa Rican Premontane Tropical Forest. Hydrological Processes. 30 (26), 5000-5011. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.10960