The role of natural UV radiation in biology of desert mosses

UV-reducing and UV-transmitting windows over Syntrichia caninervis cushions in the Mojave Desert.

Desert and dryland mosses spend much of their time in a desiccated and quiescent state; a “strategy” that allows them to avoid some physiological stress when water is limited or absent. However, these plants must still deal with consequences of their harsh environment upon rehydration and โ€˜waking up.โ€™ To understand more about how dryland mosses cope with or limit damage from the environment while desiccated, I am investigating the role of UV radiation in stress (including desiccation) tolerance and photosynthesis in Syntrichia caninervis using a variety of field and laboratory experiments.

Jenna Ekwealor
Jenna Ekwealor
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow studying evolutionary eco-physiology of stress tolerance in plants with the Smithsonian Institution Data Science Lab.