Zanne Lab-George Washington University/University of Missouri-St. Louis

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The Zanne Lab is currently examining the role wood traits play in the decomposition and mortality of trees and other woody plants in the Missouri Ozarks. This research has important implications for understanding the vulnerability of tree species to drought and understanding how different tree species affect carbon turnover.  Preliminary results from this project were presented at the recent Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework expert panel workshop. The Zanne Lab is participating in various aspects of the vulnerability assessment as well.

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

The Zanne lab explores why and how plant community composition changes across ecological settings and what the ecosystem-level consequences are of these changes. The lab's focus is typically on plant functional traits. We ask whether particular plant traits or suites of traits lead to differences in plant distribution and performance. Finding answers to these questions has important implications for understanding changes in plant distribution and performance under a changing climate.