Amy Zanne

AmyZanne
Title:
Associate Professor of Biology
Office:
SEH 6690
Phone:
202-994-8751
Website:
Zanne Lab

Areas of Expertise

Plant physiology, ecology, and evolution.

Current Research

We explore why and how community composition changes across ecological settings and what the ecosystem-level consequences are of these changes. Our focus is typically not at the species but at the trait composition level, as selection will be acting within and among species via their expressed functional traits. We ask whether particular traits or suites of traits lead to differences in distribution and performance to understand the linkage between structure and function. Additionally, we examine these linkages within an evolutionary framework, investigating where in phylogenies the greatest divergences in trait values occur, as well as whether traits change in a coordinated fashion across phylogenies.

Currently the lab has three large themes:

  1. Understanding interspecific differences in wood decomposition rates
  2. Plant functional traits relationships and environmental gradients (field data)
  3. Global functional trait databases (compilations)

To learn more about these projects and other lab activities, visit the lab website.

Education

Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2003.
M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 1998.
B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 1992.

Publications

Complete list of lab publications.

Recent Publications:

Zanne, AE, Pearse, W, Cornwell, W, McGlinn, D, Wright, I, Uyeda, J. 2018. Functional biogeography of angiosperms: life at the extremes. New Phytologist. 218: 1697-1709

Oberle, B, Ogle, K, Zanne, AE, Woodall, C. When a tree falls: Controls on wood decay predict standing dead tree fall and new risks in changing forests. PloS one 13 (5), e0196712.

Plomion, C, J Aury, J Amselem, T Leroy, F Murat, S Duplessis, S Faye, N Francillonne, K Labadie, G Le Provost, I Lesur, J Bartholomé, P Rampant, A Kohler, J Leplé, N Chantret, J Chen, A Dievart, T Alaeitabar, V Barbe, C Belser, H Bergès, C Bodénès, M Bogeat-Triboulot, M Bouffaud, B Brachi, E Chancerel, D Cohen, A Couloux, C Da Silva, C Dossat, F Ehrenmann, C Gaspin, J Grima-Pettenati, E Guichoux, A Hecker, S Herrmann, P Hugueney, I Hummel, C Klopp, C Lalanne, M Lascoux, E Lasserre, A Lemainque, M Desprez-Loustau, I Luyten, M Madoui, S Mangenot, C Marchal, F Maumus, J Mercier, C Michotey, P Olivier, N Picault, N Rouhier, O Rué, C Rustenholz, F Salin, M Soler, M Tarkka, A Velt, AE Zanne, F Martin, P Wincker, H Quesneville, A Kremer, J Salse. 2018. Oak genome reveals facets of long lifespan. Nature Plants. 4: 440-452.

Archibald, Sally; Lehmann, Caroline; Belcher, Claire; Bond, William; Bradstock, Ross; Daniau, Anne-Laure; Dexter, Kyle; Forrestel, Elizabeth; Greve, Michelle; He, Tianhua; Higgins, Steven; Lamont, Byron; McGlinn, Daniel; Moncreiff, Glenn; Osborne, Colin; Pausas, Juli; Price, Owen; Ripley, Brad; Rogers, Brendan; Schwilk, Dylan; Simon, Marcelo; Turetsky, Merritt; Van der Werf, Guido; Zanne, Amy, 2018. Biological and geophysical feedbacks with fire in the Earth System. Environmental Research Letters 13 (3), 033003

Osazuwa-Peters, O, Wright, S.J., Zanne, AE. Linking wood traits to vital rates in tropical rainforest trees: Insights from comparing sapling and adult wood. 2017. American Journal of Botany. 104 (10), 1464-1473

Cheesman, AW, Cernusak, L, Zanne, AE. Relative roles of termites and saprotrophic microbes as drivers of wood decay: A wood block test Australian Journal of Botany. 43: 257-267.

Oberle, B., Dunham, K., Covey, K., Hernandez, E.J., Walton, M.L., Young, D.F., Zanne, A.E. 2017. Dissecting the effects of diameter on wood decay emphasizes the importance of cross-stem conductivity in Fraxinus americana. Ecosystems. 1-13

McCormack, M.L., Guo, D., Iversen, C., Chen, W., Eissenstat, D., Fernandez, C., Li, L., Ma., C., Ma, Z., Poorter, H., Reich, P., Zadworny, M., Zanne, AE. 2017. Building a better foundation: Improved root-trait measurements to understand and model plant and ecosystem processes. New Phytologist. 215 (1), 27-37.

Covey, K.R., Bueno de Mesquita C.P., Oberle, B., Maynard, D.S., Bettigole, C., Crowther T.W., Duguid, M.C., Steven, B., Zanne, A.E. , Lapin M., Ashton, M.S., Oliver, C.D., Xuhui, L., Bradford, M.A.. 2016. Greenhouse trace gases in deadwood. Biogeochemistry. 130: 215-226.

Nelson, E, Helmus, M, Cavender-Bares, J, Polasky, S, Lasky, J, Zanne, AE, Pearse, WD, Kraft NJB, Miteva, D, Fagan, WF. 2016. Gaps in the latitudinal production and consumption of plant diversity remain despite globalization. PLoS ONE. 11: e0163002

Gleason, S, Westoby, M, Jansen, S, Choat, B, Hacke, U, Pratt, RB, Bhaskar, R, Brodribb, T, Bucci, S, Cao, K, Cochard, H, Delzon, S, Domec, JC, Fan, ZX, Feild, T, Jacobsen, A, Johnson, D, Lens, F, Maherali, H, Martínez-Vilalta, J, Mayr, S, McCulloh, K, Mencuccini, M, Mitchell, P, Morris, H, Nardini, A, Pittermann, J, Plavcová, L, Schreiber, S, Sperry, K, Wright, I, Zanne, A.E. 2016. On research priorities to advance understanding of the safety–efficiency tradeoff in xylem. New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.14043

Díaz, S, J Kattge, JHC Cornelissen, IJ Wright, S Lavorel, S Dray, B Reu, M Kleyer, C Wirth, IC Prentice, E Garnier, G Bönisch, M Westoby, H Poorter, PB Reich, AT Moles, J Dickie, AN Gillison, AE Zanne, J Chave, SJ Wright, SN Sheremet’ev, H Jactel, C Baraloto, B Cerabolini, S Pierce, B Shipley, D Kirkup, F Casanoves, JS Joswig, A Günther, V Falczuk, N Rüger, MD Mahecha, LD Gorné. 2016. The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature. 529: 167-171.

Oberle, B.J., Ogle, K., Penagos, J.C., Sweeney, J., Zanne, A.E. 2016. A multilevel Bayesian model highlights different vessel length distributions among canopy positions and wood porosity types for 21 co-occurring North American species. Journal of Plant Hydraulics. 3: e003.

Oberle, BJ, Milo, AM, Myers, J., Walton, ML, Young, DF, Zanne, AE. 2016. Direct estimates of downslope deadwood movement over 30 years in a temperature forest illustrate impacts of treefall on forest ecosystem dynamics. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 46: 351-361.

Gleason, S, Westoby, M, Jansen, S, Choat, B, Hacke, U, Pratt, RB, Bhaskar, R, Brodribb, T, Bucci, S, Cao, K, Cochard, H, Delzon, S, Domec, JC, Fan, ZX, Feild, T, Jacobsen, A, Johnson, D, Lens, F, Maherali, H, Martínez-Vilalta, J, Mayr, S, McCulloh, K, Mencuccini, M, Mitchell, P, Morris, H, Nardini, A, Pittermann, J, Plavcová, L, Schreiber, S, Sperry, K, Wright, I, Zanne, A.E. 2016. Weak tradeoff between xylem safety and xylem-specific hydraulic efficiency across the world’s woody plant species. New Phytologist. 209: 123-136.

Classes Taught

Undergraduate courses
Field Biology
Plant Comparative Structure and Function
Global Climate Change
General Ecology
Senior seminar: Biology in the News

Graduate seminars
Analyses in R
Traits
Lost in Space
Comparative Structure Function