Welcome to the Way Lab!
Department of Biology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
One of the most pressing concerns in biology is whether we can predict how plants and ecosystems will respond to climate change. Plants (and particularly forests) are involved in complex feedbacks with Earth’s climate system, such that the responses of plants to warmer, drier conditions in coming decades could either slow or accelerate climate change.
Our lab addresses this uncertainty by studying the physiological responses of trees and other plant groups to high temperatures, drought stress and changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration, with the goal of determining:
1) The mechanisms underpinning plant responses to global change at molecular and biochemical scales.
2) The implications of these responses for the larger community and ecosystem scales.
News and Updates
In June 2021, Volume 48: Photosynthesis, Respiration and Climate Change (Becklin, Ward & Way, 2021) was published by Springer International. Chapter 4, “Photosynthetic Acclimation to Temperature and CO2: The Role of Leaf Nitrogen”, was written by Dr. Way and lab alumni André, Eric, Sarah, Kristyn, Karen, and Julianne. See more here: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030649258
On May 12, Kiana received the Botanical Society of America’s Young Botanist Award for 2021. See more here: https://botany.org/home/awards/awards-for-students/bsayoungbotanistawards.html#:~:text=The%20Botanical%20Society%20of%20America,the%20Botanical%20Society%20of%20America.
Dr. Way has been identified as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate/Web of Science for 2020. See more here:
Join the lab!
Graduate student positions and undergraduate projects are often available in the Way lab!
If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact me.