Jennifer Lau

Jennifer  Lau
  • Assistant Professor
  • Plant Biology



My research bridges community ecology and evolutionary biology to explore how plants interact with both the biotic and abiotic environment and how they respond simultaneously to multiple selective pressures. Much of my work uses environmental perturbations, such as biological invasions and climate change, as tools to study how abiotic and biotic selective agents affect the population biology of native species, species interactions, and the evolution of plant populations. I am particularly interested in studying indirect effects that occur when changes in the biotic or abiotic environment alter interactions between community members.


  • Effects of global change on plant evolution.
  • Native responses to novel community members.
  • Biotic and abiotic factors interact to limit plant distributions.