The Furze Lab is in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Center for Plant Biology at Purdue University.
We study how plants, especially trees, interact with the abiotic and biotic world around them. We seek to understand plant and ecosystem function and resilience to better predict the impacts of global change. A major interest in the lab is characterizing woody plant carbon dynamics, particularly the storage and use of nonstructural carbohydrate reserves. Our questions are often approached at the organism level and then we try to expand across scales from molecules to ecosystems. We integrate physiology, ecology, and evolution and use tools like 3D imaging and isotopes to explore carbon-related processes in diverse environments from forests to agroecosystems. Currently, the lab is focused on a few overlapping areas: