One of the most pressing concerns in biology is whether we can predict how plants and ecosystems will respond to climate change. Plants (and particularly forests) are involved in complex feedbacks with Earth's climate system, such that the responses of plants to warmer, drier conditions in the coming decades could either slow or accelerate climate change. Our lab addresses this uncertainty by studying the physiological responses of trees and other plant groups to high temperatures, drought stress and changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration, with the goal of determining: 1) the mechanisms underpinning plant responses to global change at molecular and biochemical scales and 2) the implications of these responses for the larger community and ecosystem scales.
This site contains descriptions of some of our current projects at the Department of Biology at Western University and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, as well as links to collaborators and other related pages. Dr. Way is also an editor for Plant, Cell & Environment and Tree Physiology – if your research is in one of these fields, please consider submitting your work through the links provided.