Dr. William Hammond
Plant Ecophysiologist, Global Change Ecologist
Dr. Hammond is a plant ecophysiologist and global change ecologist. Broadly, he is interested in how plant vascular systems react to extreme environmental conditions—especially regarding their function, dysfunction, and the limits of survival. Plant vascular systems connect the soil and atmosphere for the exchange of water, carbon, and nutrients—they are superhighways of life, but their dysfunction and eventual failure can be lethal. By better understanding the variation in plant vascular systems in natural and managed settings, the ecophys lab aims to bridge basic and applied research by identifying how physiological traits coordinate to confer drought tolerance and/or resistance, and developing novel ways to sense plant dysfunction, for improving agricultural production and plant survival on our warming world.