Brooke Allen

(1 Interns)

Brooke Is a student at North Central College , studying Biology , and is expecting to graduate in 2018 .

About Me:
I grew up in a small island town on the Gulf coast of Florida and moved to Illinois for college. My favorite plant is the bald cypress tree because it reminds me of home. I enjoy being outdoors, painting, reading and learning about plants! I’m interested in studying plant genetics, pathways, and interactions and how they affect the ecosystem as a whole.

My Projects
Investigating trait plasticity in plant species native to the Colorado Plateau to understand impacts on plant community dynamics and inform restoration (2017)

Plants can change their traits or behavior depending on the conditions they are exposed to, a phenomenon known as plasticity. Plasticity helps plants cope with heterogeneous or changing environments, and can determine the outcome of competitive interactions and ultimately the structure and diversity of plant communities. For example, plants often respond to herbivore attacks by accumulating