Kim O’Keefe

Position title: Research Associate

Kim O’Keefe

Email: okeefe4 <at> wisc.edu

As a plant ecophysiologist, I am broadly interested in studying the functional relationship between plants and their environment. My research has three goals: 1) improve fine-scale spatiotemporal resolution of water movement through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum (SPAC); 2) elucidate physiological mechanisms of woody and herbaceous species coexistence in grasslands; and 3) understand physiological responses of plants to climate variability. I use a variety of techniques to address my research questions, including leaf gas exchange, sap flow sensors, stable isotopes, and hydraulic measurements. Although my research has primarily focused on grasslands, I am interested in addressing similar questions in other systems as well.Check out my work at kimokeefe.weebly.com