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Plant resource allocation: from Goethe and Darwin to today.

Our new 2013 review of plant defense responses and resource re-allocation published in Frontiers in Plant Science and online HERE.  Read about the uncommon wisdom of early poets and…

Seagrass work profiled in Chesapeake Quarterly

We study acidification in estuarine systems.  And at this time last year our work on the impacts of ocean acidification, with Whitman Miller from the Smithsonian, was  profiled…

Seagrass responses to ocean acidification: Chris M earns departmental honors

  Biology Honors Presentations.  Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.Stafford Auditorium.  Christopher Mealey presents “Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems”  Chris Mealey will present his honors thesis research, including…

PMEL Carbon Program: An Introduction to Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem.  The PMEL’s website summarizes the work of the NOAA-sponsored Carbon Program and provides basic information and links to recent discoveries pertaining…

Global Scholar’s continue their research around the world

  Fearless Curiosity, Fulbright scholar Phoebe Oldach ’13’s bold path to success by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson Phoebe Oldach ’13 doesn’t just talk with her hands. She talks with her…

Findings confirmed!

At the recent Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop in Morocco a group led by Professor Maria Buia showed that the seagrass P. oceanica also suffers reduced phenolic contents in high CO2 / low…

Vulcano volcano fieldsite

The main crater of the volcano on the island of Vulcano, Itlay, showing our fieldsite in the foreground.  This underwater vent sites emit carbon dioxide, simulating the conditions of…

Global Scholars and the Forum for Education Abroad

Forum for Education Abroad’s annual conference in Chicago where we had the opportunity to share the results of our first Dickinson Global Scholars program.  The 2012  program was…

New article on plant resource transport and metabolism

New article on plant carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism published with colleagues from the University of Missouri’s Bond Life Science Center.  The article describes our work with poplar seedlings and…

Linking science and culture: the art of bonsai

Students from Biology 325 Plant Physiology joined with students and faculty from the the East Asian Studies department and those involved in the College’s new LUCE grant to…

Three new articles about chemical ecology

It’s been a busy year and we’re pleased to have contributed to the following studies, each focusing on different aspects of plant chemical ecology. Schultz JC, HM Appel,…

Stafford Greenhouse Facility – Open for classes!

A sneak peek at the new Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research which has been under construction this winter.  We’re very excited and ready to start teaching in…

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Carbon dioxide information is beautiful (and scary)

Ideas, issues, knowledge, data — visualized! This clever illustration from the “Information is Beautiful” is from the website of David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer.  It…

Seagrasses sequester carbon dioxide

There are about 20 billion tons of carbon sequenstered in living seagrasses.  About 10% of this, or 2 billion tons, are contained in (poly)phenolic substances.  These substances are likely to influence…

Seeing Red: the future of seagrasses?

We’re into red leaves.  Why?  Because often the red substances are anthocyanins.  These colorful compounds can shield plants from the harmful effects of too much light, especially dangerous UV…

Trees worldwide a sip away from dehydration

Plumbing systems operate on a razor’s edge, leaving forests vulnerable.  This by Susan Milius in ScienceNews. “Trees in most forests, even wet ones, live perilously close to the limits of…