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Welcome to the Way Lab!

Department of Biology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


Our Research


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


Photosynthesis, Respiration and Climate Change textbook is published!

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

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.