Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Jay Wason

Jay Wason, first author of Xylem network connectivity and embolism spread in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.)

Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources

Education: PhD State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY; BS University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, fishing, sailing, and spending time with my family.

Brief bio: I got interested in research during a Research Experience for Undergraduates program with the Organization for Tropical Studies in South Africa. After that experience, I went on to get my PhD in forest ecology studying climate change impacts on tree species distributions and growth in mountains. During my postdoctoral research at Yale University, I focused on xylem structure and function during drought. My research group at the University of Maine now uses both ecological and ecophysiological techniques to improve our understanding of how climate change impacts forest trees.