Principle Investigator

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Emily Farrer

Google Scholar Profile

Email: efarrer[at]
Tel: (504) 862-8288
Office: 308 Israel
Lab: 345 Israel


                                                 Christina Birnbaum
Email: cbirnbaum[at]

Christina is a plant ecologist interested in a wide range of topics related to plants, including their biology and interactions with below-ground micro organisms in native and novel environments. She uses field observations, combined with experimental manipulations and molecular tools to explore questions pertaining plant-microbe
interactions in natural ecosystems.

                                                 Pawel Waryszak
Email: pwaryszak[at]

Pawel is an ecologist with experience in plant ecophysiology, plant invasion, and restoration ecology. He is currently involved in a project that examines the susceptibility of local wetlands to invasion by large aquatic macrophytes, such as Phragmites australis, but also understanding how local plant communities respond to                                                               changing climatic and edaphic conditions. Prior to this,                                                               Pawel completed his PhD dissertation on restoring                                                                       threatened ecological community using topsoil transfer at                                                           Murdoch University (Western Australia).

PhD Students

Carolyn Schroeder
Email: cschroeder[at]

Carolyn is interested in a broad spectrum of plant ecology subjects. At Tulane, Carolyn will be studying plant-microbial interactions in saline, brackish, and fresh water marshes in the Mississippi Delta. She is also interested in using GIS and remote sensing methods to investigate how native and invasive plants respond to                                                                 disturbance.

William Wilber
Email: wwilber[at]

William is interested in how plant communities organize themselves in space and time in response to community interactions and abiotic inputs. His research will investigate these topics in systems throughout coastal Louisiana, especially as they relate to questions relevant to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. He is                                                                  looking forward to spending the next five years living in                                                              and learning about our local ecosystems.


megmaurerMeg Mauer
Email: mmaurer[at]

Meg is a sophomore studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Spanish. She is interested in marine botany, although her current projects are all land-based and include working with herbarium specimens, outdoor education programming, and urban farming in uptown New Orleans. She also enjoys botanical art, cooking with and for friends, and spending as much time in the sun as possible!



Henry Adams
Email: hadams3[at]

Henry is a senior in Tulane’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. His interests include population genetics, phycology, and mapping with geographic software.



img_7384Claire Willis
Email: cwillis2[at]

Clair is a sophomore majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Her interests are plant ecology, forestry, marine microbiology, and conservation biology.



img_9255-1Elizabeth Holland
Email: elhollan1[at]

Elizabeth is a freshman at Tulane University majoring in Neuroscience and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minoring in Philosophy and Japanese. Her interests include ethnobotany and conservation biology. She has a focus on classification and identification of native plants used in medicinal herbalism.