Caroline E. Farrior
Postdoctoral research associate
Princeton Environmental Institute
106a Guyot Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

Office: 109 Eno Hall
Tel: 918-853-1401




Plant communities are complex systems shaped by numerous processes acting over different spatial and temporal scales. The interplay of interactions across these scales fascinates me. And 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 move back and forth between empirical and theoretical studies. I build simple tractable models whose results I can understand. I accompany these models with more realistic simulation models to validate that understanding and make quantitative predictions.
And most importantly, I motivate, parametrize and test my theoretical work with  experiments and observations in the field.

Please see my new website at

31 Jul 2014 - A new commentary in the New Phytologist on van Loon et al.'s very nice paper on individual-based competition for light in soybean plants. With the commentary I explore the potential impacts of including competitive optimization in predictions of plant responses to climate change.

30 Jul 2014 - I am moving to Knoxville, Tennessee in September to be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Biological and Mathematical Synthesis (NIMBioS).

23 Jun 2014 - Our paper, "Competition for water and light in closed-canopy forests", in The American Naturalist was awarded the society's Presidential Award for the best paper in the journal in 2013 at the Evolution conference in Raleigh, NC.

Updated Aug 8, 2014