Experimental Plant Ecology
Welcome to the Cahill Lab at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Kick the tires, see what falls off, and try to understand why.
We take an experimental approach to tackling fundamental questions in plant ecology, evolutionary biology, behaviour, and conservation biology. In addition to the pure discovery aspects of the work in the lab, we regularly incorporate a use-inspired approach for addressing issues related to invasive species, climate change, grassland ecology, and any other pressing issue of the day..
Broad themes include: Community ecology, grasslands, grazing, root ecology, plant behaviour.
Understanding how plants live their lives and how this impacts patterns of biodiversity and desired ecosystem services.
Re-framing plants as social organisms, not as machines. Recognizing behavioural ecology as a critical aspect of plant biology and ecology.
Testing fundamental theories of classical and modern theories in ecology, evolution, and conservation.
Developing an understanding of how plants live their lives, and how that impacts outcomes upon which people depend.