Nathan J. B. Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


My lab focuses on understanding the ecological factors that shape the diversity and dynamics of plant communities. Currently we work in lowland Amazonian rainforests and serpentine grasslands in Southern California. We typically integrate perspectives from functional ecology and phylogenetics in our efforts to understand community assembly in these systems, as well as how these communities may respond to global change. In addition, the lab also contributes to efforts to better characterize the diversity and distribution of plant species across the Americas at broad spatial scales.



Local adaptation to urban stressors in native plants

Restoration of coastal sage scrub communities is important for the conservation of native biodiversity in urban areas of Southern California. A key species of coastal sage scrub, California buckwheat (Eriogonum…