Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
PhD University of Jena, Germany, 2001
Web Page: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/ensminger/
Phone: +1 905 569 4599
Room: 3050 William G. Davis Building
Plant Physiology, Plant Ecology, Global Change Biology, Boreal and Temperate Trees and Forests, Photosynthesis, Carbon Metabolism, Response to Temperature, Response to Drought
Study Organisms: Plants, Trees and Forests
How will temperate and boreal forests respond to a future warmer and drier climate? Research in the Ensminger lab is focusing on the physiology of plants to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation and acclimation of plants to their environment. In particular we are interested in the mechanisms by which environmental change impacts trees and forests from molecular to species and ecosystem levels. Current projects aim at understanding and monitoring the effect of future warmer and drier climate on phenology, photosynthesis and respiration, and the survival of trees. This is studied from cell to canopy level using controlled mesocosms, manipulative field experiments, and through collaborative work at multi-partner monitoring sites.