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Faces of Science: Nate McDowell

Nate McDowell has always been in awe of plants and their tenacity for survival. Today, Nate applies his extensive background in biochemistry and physiology to study where, when, and how vegetation dies during droughts caused by climate change.
March 4, 2015
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CLIMATE CHANGE

Sustainable solutions amidst drought, climate change

Impressed by a study of the subtle connection between ocean fog and the life cycle of the redwood forests, Nate McDowell is in awe of plants and their ability to survive.

Faces of Science: Nate McDowell
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Faces of Science: Nate McDowell

Plants are currently dying around the world as a result of climate change, and Nate believes we owe it to future generations to understand why. He and his team are currently studying where, when, and how vegetation dies during drought.

Plant mortality is a fundamental part of ecosystem processes that defines where we see certain species, how much value we place on them, and perhaps most importantly their sustainability into the future.



Nate McDowell works for EES-14's Earth Systems Observations group.


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