The Hu Lab examines the relationships between plants, water, soil and climate.
We measure the function of individual plants, then scale-up to the watershed or ecosystem. This allows us to explore the physiological mechanisms driving patterns of water, carbon, and nutrient transport across space and time.
Our research focuses on ecosystems globally, including the Northern Rocky Mountains, the Sky Islands of the Southwest, and the Galapagos Islands.
Our lab is equipped with commonly-used instruments to study plant ecophysiology, including a Li-6800 gas analyzer, a pressure bomb for measuring plant water potential, a water distillation extraction line, and a Picarro L2130-i for isotope analysis. Using isotopes, we can trace the chemical signature of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen as they move through the soil-plant-climate continuum.