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Susan Schwinning, Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Susan Schwinning

I am interested in the role of resource and climate fluctuations in plant population dynamics, communities and ecosystems. My goal is to improve the understanding of ecological dynamics through explicit consideration of physiological and morphological species characteristics. For example, one area of interest is how plant root distributions and physiological tolerance to water stress affect population responses to precipitation variation. Over the past ten years I have worked chiefly in rainfall-limited regions of the US (Nevada, Arizona, Central Texas) and have used both experimental and modeling approaches, including the use of stable isotope techniques as measures of water use efficiency and tracers of water. Before that, I worked on grass-clover interactions in grazed temperate pastures.

My primary motivation is to improve the theoretical foundation of plant ecology, but I am also interested in exploring applied ecological problems, including the management of agro-ecosystems, their responses to climate change, and the control of invasive species.

Office: 312 Supple
Phone: (512) 245-3753
Fax: (512) 245-8713

Mailing Address:
Susan Schwinning
601 University Drive
312 Supple Science Bldg
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666, USA