Welcome to the Cahill Lab homepage at the University of Alberta!

Interested in joining the lab?  JC is always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in addressing questions related to plant behavioral ecology, community assembly, or really anything else that sounds interesting.  For more information, please contact me at jc.cahill@ualberta.ca.  The ability for a graduate students to attract, or already possess, external scholarships (e.g. NSERC, other government scholarship, etc) should be indicated.


Special Issue of AoB Plants!  For information about the issue on plant behavioural ecology, please click: AoB Plants Flyer.  For the articles, please use the link: AoB Plants Special Issue.



We take an experimental approach to tackling fundamental questions in plant ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. Broad themes include:

     •Understanding the role that plant competition and other ecological processes play in structuring natural communities.

     •Identifying the functional mechanisms by which plants interact in the soil, including plant strategies associated with competition, root foraging and neighbor avoidance.

     •Developing a conceptual foundation for the field of plant behavioral ecology, with tight linkages to community and evolutionary biology.

      Specific research projects vary among individuals and through time. As opportunities arise, we tackle more use-inspired research on topics including invasive species, climate change, pollination, and herbivory.


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