Caroline E. Farrior
Princeton Environmental Institute
106a Guyot Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
Office: M26 Guyot Hall
||Plant communities are
complex systems shaped by numerous processes acting over
different spatial and temporal scales. Because
plants are a major component of the global carbon cycle,
these processes have the potential to significantly
buffer or accelerate the pace of climate change.
In my attempts to understand how plant communities work, I have taken the approach of multiple approaches. I build simple tractable models whose results I can understand. I accompany these models with more realistic but more complicated simulation models to validate that understanding and make quantitative predictions. Most importantly, I compare model predictions with empirical studies as often as possible.
I am currently a post-doc with Stephen Pacala at Princeton University in the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Farrior, C., D Tilman, R Dybzinski, PB Reich, and SW Pacala, In Press. Resource limitation in a competitive context determines complex plant responses to experimental resource additions. Ecology. preprint
Farrior, CE, R Dybzinski, SA Levin, and SW Pacala. 2013. Competition for water and light in closed-canopy forests: a tractable model of carbon allocation with implications for carbon sinks. The American Naturalist 181(3): 314-330.
pdf supplementary material
Dybzinski, R, CE Farrior, A Wolf, PB Reich, and SW Pacala. 2011. Evolutionarily stable strategy carbon allocation to foliage, wood, and fine roots in trees competing for light and nitrogen: An analytically tractable, individual-based model and quantitative comparisons to data. The American Naturalist 177(2):153-166. pdf supplementary material
Updated May 13, 2013