• Holbrook Lab grad student, Jess Gersony, working in the plant growth chamber

    Holbrook Lab grad student, Jess Gersony, working in the plant growth chamber

  • Holbrook Lab grad student, Anju Manandhar, visits the plants being used for drought experiments

    Holbrook Lab grad student, Anju Manandhar, visits the plants being used for drought experiments

  • Sugar balls on grape leaves

    Sugar balls on grape leaves

  • Sugar balls on a grape leaf

    Sugar balls on a grape leaf

  • Holbrook Lab grad student, Anju Manandhar, who studies physiological responses in plants under water deficit conditions

    Holbrook Lab grad student, Anju Manandhar, who studies physiological responses in plants under water deficit conditions

  • Holbrook Lab grad student, Cat Chamberlain, in the greenhouse

    Holbrook Lab grad student, Cat Chamberlain, in the greenhouse

  • Greenhouse leaf out

    Greenhouse leaf out

  • Cat Chamberlain in the common garden

    Cat Chamberlain in the common garden

  • Cat Chamberlain and Jess Gersony enjoying the sunshine outside of the Bio Labs building

    Cat Chamberlain and Jess Gersony enjoying the sunshine outside of the Bio Labs building

  • Cat Chamberlain leads a "Tree Mob" at the Arnold Arboretum

    Cat Chamberlain leads a Tree Mob at the Arnold Arboretum

  • Epidermis of tomato leaf with its stomata

    Epidermis of tomato leaf with its stomata

  • Epidermis of maize leaf with its stomata

    Epidermis of maize leaf with its stomata

  • Dr. Yumei Zhou, taking samples for NSC analysis and making sure the leaves are well covered

    Dr. Yumei Zhou, taking samples for NSC analysis and making sure the leaves are well covered

  • Jessica Gersony looks at a tree breaking bud in the Bio Lab's tree garden

    Jessica Gersony looks at a tree breaking bud in the Bio Lab's tree garden

  • Jessica Gersony conducting field work in the Atacama desert, Chile

    Jessica Gersony conducting field work in the Atacama desert, Chile

  • Closeup view of Ginkgo leaves

    Closeup view of Ginkgo leaves

  • Ninja tomato plants: Shading experiment done by Yakir Preisler & Yumei Zhou to study the sugar control on stomatal regulation

    Ninja tomato plants: Shading experiment done by Yakir Preisler & Yumei Zhou to study the sugar control on stomatal regulation

  • Leaf gas exchange measure with Li-6400 on an illuminated leaf in the tomato shading experiment

    Leaf gas exchange measure with Li-6400 on an illuminated leaf in the tomato shading experiment

  • Gas exchange measurement on girdled tomato leaf

    Gas exchange measurement on girdled tomato leaf

Welcome!

Welcome to the Holbrook lab! We study the physics and physiology of vascular transport in plants with the goal of understanding how constraints on the movement of water and solutes between soil and leaves influences ecological and evolutionary processes. Currently, we are working on questions relating to cavitation, stomatal mechanics, leaf hydraulic design, and xylem evolution.

 

 

 

Latest News

Congratulations to Meghan and Jess!

June 4, 2021

Congratulations to Meghan and Jess, our 2021 PhD graduates who have successfully defended and participated in the graduation ceremony on 05/27.

 

Congratulations to Erin!

May 3, 2021
The Holbrook Lab is happy to congratulate Erin Wright for presenting their Senior thesis as part of the Department of Integrative Biology's ThesisFest on Thursday April 29th.  Erin's thesis is entitled, Squeezed Until They Burst:  Does calcium affect the mechanical properties of leaf cell walls?  Way to go Erin!

Congratulations, Jess!

April 19, 2021

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The Holbrook Lab is happy to congratulate Dr. Jessica Gersony on the successful defense of her thesis entitled, Understanding phloem functioning in the context of water stress.  Way to go, Jess!  We couldn't be happier for you!

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