All forms of life are connected through an incredibly complex patchwork of ecological and evolutionary processes. A vast number of current populations, from bacteria and fungi to plants and mammals, are experiencing rapidly changing physical environments and biotic interactions as a result of anthropogenic activities. The responses of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems to such changes will ultimately govern the redistribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services under global change.

 

What excites me about being an ecologist is that I can use experimental approaches to better understand how current ecological interactions and evolutionary processes shape variation in responses of plants, microbes, and interactions between plants and microbes, to global change. 

I began my postdoctoral research associate position in the Sheth lab at NC State in Fall 2018. My research explores evolutionary responses of Mimulus cardinalis (scarlet monkeyflower; see top picture on the right) to climate change, and how these responses vary across the species geographic range. I am currently working to also understand how foliar endophytic fungi mediate plant traits that are relevant to fitness under climate change, including flowering time and drought/thermal tolerance.

 

In Spring 2018, I completed my doctoral degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the Schweitzer lab at the University of Tennessee. My dissertation explored the ecology and evolution of plant nitrogen limitation and synthesized new insights in our understanding of the nitrogen cycle in the context of eco-evolutionary feedbacks. My main study system was the group of forest tree species within the genus Eucalyptus that are native to the island state of Tasmania, Australia (see bottom picture to the right).

Check out my Google Scholar page for a list of my publications.

 

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Box 7612, NCSU Campus

Raleigh, NC 27695
rcwooliv@ncsu.edu

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