Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research, Harvard Forest
1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Isabelle Chuine is CNRS Research Director at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle & Evolutive in Montpellier, France. She focuses on the phenology and ecological niches of forest trees, particularly on the factors that determine the timing of their development. She works to identify the key traits that allow a particular species to adapt to its environment and the constraints on their genetic evolution. Her Bullard project will tackle the ongoing challenge of providing robust forecasts of climate change impacts on forest trees phenology. For this purpose, she will test key hypotheses on the regulation of cell seasonal activity using a series of experiments combining ecophysiology and biotracing methods. Her primary collaborator during her fellowship will be Elizabeth Wolkovich.