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.

Holbrook Lab 2016
Lab photo 2016. Top row: Teressa Alexander, Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi, Greg Ceccantini, Jess Gersony, Alexandre "Pono" Ponomarenko, Walton "Tinker" Green. Bottom row: Nathan Mueller, Kadeem Gilbert, Fulton "Tony" Rockwell, Noel Michele "Missy" Holbrook, Uri Hochberg, Clement Quintard, Yongjiang "John" Zhang. Not pictured: Laura Clerx, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Juan Losada, Bridget Power and Jessica Savage

Recent Publications


Latest News

Congratulations to friend of the lab, Cadwell Turnbull on the release of his debut novel!

June 5, 2019

The Lesson

The Holbrook lab congratulates friend of the lab and spouse of Anju Manandhar, Cadwell Turnbull, on the upcoming release of his debut novel entitled,  The Lesson.  All are welcome to join him for a reading and signing of his book on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00pm at Trident Booksellers and...

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Noel Holbrook named as a winner of the 2019 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research

April 29, 2019

Congratulations to Noel Holbrook for being named as one of the winners of the 2019 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research! This program provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. An event honoring the winners will be held in the Faculty Room in University Hall on Friday, May 1oth from 3-5pm.  Members of the Harvard community are welcome to attend.

It's a boy!!

April 26, 2019

Baby Buonaiuto

The Holbrook Lab wishes its heartfelt congratulations to Dan Buonaiuto and his wife, Gita, on the birth of their son.  Baby boy Buonaiuto was born at 1:20am on Wednesday, April 24th and weighed 8 lbs.  We're happy to report that mom and baby are both well and we look forward to meeting...

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Congratulations to Morgan!

April 17, 2019
Huge congratulations to Morgan Furze who successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled "Understanding whole-plant nonstructural carbohydrate storage in a changing world" on Friday, April 12th!  Everyone in lab is very excited for her and we wish her the best in her future endeavors!