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Profile: Dr Julia Cooke

Dr Julia Cooke

About me

I am a plant functional ecologist, interested in the different roles species play in ecosystems. I use plant trait analysis as a powerful tool to compare the functions of different species and describe ecological strategies. 

In brief, my interests are:

  • Silicon functional ecology
  • Invasive plant biology
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Plant trait analysis
  • Comparative ecology
  • Growth-trait relationships
  • Plant physiology and climate change

I am a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at The Open University where I contribute to modules across levels, postgraduate training and my reserach continues on plant silicon and ecological strategies spanning pollination, growth rates, responses to climate change, invasive species and plant-animal interactions.

Dr Julia Cooke's research

Claire R. Brandenburger et al. (2019-08-21) Rapid evolution of leaf physiology in an introduced beach daisy, In Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 1909(286), The Royal Society

Ian J. Wright et al. (2018) Stem diameter growth rates in a fire-prone savanna correlate with photosynthetic rate and branch-scale biomass allocation, but not specific leaf area, In Austral Ecology 2(44)

Julia Cooke (2019) Plant silicon content vs phytolith abundance: uses, differences and their power combined, In European Geophysical Union General Assembly 2019(21)

Sean M. Gleason et al. (2017-02-07) Shoot growth of woody trees and shrubs is predicted by maximum plant height and associated traits, In Functional Ecology 2(32)

Julia Cooke (2018) Building on a publication provides a fast, authentic research experience: a green and fuzzy case study for distance students, In Advancing the synergies between teaching and research in ecology: Symposium of the Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group of the British Ecological Society

Varsha S. Pathare et al. (2017-11-13) Water availability affects seasonal CO2-induced photosynthetic enhancement in herbaceous species in a periodically dry woodland, In Global Change Biology 12(23)

David S. Ellsworth et al. (2017-04) Elevated CO2 does not increase eucalypt forest productivity on a low-phosphorus soil, In Nature Climate Change 4(7)

Julie Robson et al. (2017) Evaluating remote access to fieldwork with interactive fieldcasts for distance learning students, In The 6th eSTEeM Annual Conference

Julia Cooke (2017) Plants and Silicon: A Modern Ecological Perspective (Invited Presentation), In Geological Society of America Conference

Julia Cooke and Michelle R. Leishman (2016-12-12) Alleviation of abiotic stress by silicon: what can a meta-analysis of agricultural studies tell us about ecology?, In British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016

Browse Dr Julia Cooke's latest research on Open Research Online