Alex Pivovaroff is a postdoctoral researcher in the La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. She studies how plants respond to changes in their environment. As a plant eco-physiologist, she specializes in water relations, hydraulics, and functional traits. A California native herself, she is particularly interested in the California Floristic Province and other Mediterranean-type climate regions.
Alex earned her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California Riverside, where as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow she studied chaparral and coastal sage scrub responses to drought and nitrogen deposition. Her current research focuses on live fuel moisture, an important fire behavior trait. She is also working on a collaborative project monitoring plant carbon and water fluxes to determine how native species will respond to climate change. She also holds a B.A. in Biology from Whittier College.
In her spare time, you can find her hiking, enjoying a hot cup of tea, or reading Mother Bruce to a certain clever and goofy kid.