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Mary Heskel

Assistant Professor
Plant Ecophysiology, Plants and Climate Change, Ecosystem Ecology, Terrestrial Carbon Cycle

Olin-Rice Science Center 220


Mary is a plant physiological ecologist interested in how leaves, plants, and ecosystems cycle and store carbon under current and future impacts of climate change. Her research questions scale from cells to canopies, and she combines field-based measurements with statistical modeling. Mary’s research has brought her to the Arctic tundra, boreal and temperate forests, and global change experiments in Minnesota to examine how plants function under warmer, higher CO2, and more variable growth environments. Mary is also interested in how science is communicated and taught at all levels.

BA: University of Pennsylvania (Biology, History of Art)

MA: City College of New York (Secondary Science Education)

PhD: Columbia University (Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)

PostDoc: Marine Biological Laboratory (The Ecosystems Center); Australian National University (Division of Plant Sciences)