Jeannine Richards

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Research Associate

Jeannine Richards

Email: jrichards7<at>wisc.edu

I am interested in how plants respond to their environments—including how functional traits affect distributions and how abiotic changes affect physiological processes. My main focus is on epiphytes—plants, like many orchids and bromeliads, that grow on other plants without connection to the ground. That work has taken me into the forest canopy previously, but I am currently investigating whether we can use plants in living collections at botanical gardens as a proxy for wild plants to address these questions. My other area of interest is in quantifying the environmental benefits of agroforestry, where crops or livestock are raised underneath the shade of trees. Agroforestry can support biodiversity and provide many services for farmers, offering potential solutions for climate change and integrating conservation goals into working landscapes.