In the Pacala lab we are interested in the mechanisms that govern plant communities and in the interplay between community and ecosystem-level processes. We study plant ecology, mostly with a theoretical and mathematical approach, covering any level from the ecophysiology to the global scale, including population biology and community ecology.

Currently, members of the Pacala lab are working in a wide variety of topics such as biosphere-atmosphere interactions, carbon cycle, tropical forest dynamics, water use efficiency and stomatal behavior, allometries and plant traits or semiarid shrublands.