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.  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 take the approach of multiple approaches. 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.
Most importantly, I motivate, parametrize and test my theoretical work with  experiments and observations in the field.


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

June 23rd 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.

Updated July 22, 2014