Our group, led by Prof. Alexandra Konings, studies how ecosystems and the water cycle interact at regional to global scales, and how that will change under future climate. These processes are influenced by the diversity in vegetation behavior across earth's hundreds of thousands of species. We therefore seek to understand how that diversity aggregates to larger scale behavior. While our research spans a range of topics, we are particularly interested in the movement of water through plants. We believe that a deep understanding of remote sensing techniques helps us do better science and therefore also work on developing new remote sensing datasets and their validation, especially microwave proxies of vegetation water content.
Our research primarily falls along four main lines:
- Plant hydraulics
- Remote sensing of vegetation water content
- The effects of small-scale trait variability on regional-scale ecosystem behavior
- Water-carbon coupling in tropical ecosystems
We are looking for a new postdoc!
The position focuses on AI to understand belowground plant water uptake patterns with microwave remote sensing and hybrid physical-ML based data assimilation. Application due 03/20
March 02, 2023
Alex wins a Sloan Research Fellowship
Congratulations to all awardees, and thanks to Alex's nominator and recommenders and all the group members and collaborators over the years!
February 15, 2023
Beni Stocker's paper (which Alex collaborated on) mapping root zone water storage now out in Nature Geoscience
February 09, 2023