I am an environmental plant biologist, currently working as a post-baccalaureate researcher at the University of Washington & as a research biologist with the biotechnology company Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies. Starting fall of 2017, I will begin pursuing my PhD in the lab of Dr. Lawren Sack at the University of California Los Angeles.
Working with both Dr. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers (Plant Community Ecology & Environmental Change, University of Washington) and Dr. Liz Van Volkenburgh (Plant Physiology, University of Washington) as an undergraduate and at present, my most recent work elucidates the coordinated morphological, anatomical, and functional changes that Populus tremuloides (Trembling Aspen) leaves undergo when acclimating to environmental stressors: low-water versus low-light availability (as may be expected with anthropogenic climate change).
With Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, I'm interested in elucidating the physiological changes associated with symbiotic plants (treated with our species of fungal endophyte), particularly under stressful abiotic conditions.
If you want to collaborate or simply say hi feel free to send me an email!
Alec S. Baird