Kirsten K. Coe

Middlebury College

The Coe Lab focuses on physiological ecology of plants under environmental stress, with an overarching aim to link plant processes occurring at the cellular level to ecosystem function, particularly in the face of global change.

The central focus of the lab for the Dimensions Project is to examine and characterize the diversity of desiccation tolerance strategies in North American Syntrichia species. We apply techniques such as chlorophyll fluorescence and CO2 exchange to simultaneously examine recovery, photosynthetic capacity, and carbon balance following environmentally relevant sets of desiccation and rehydration conditions.

Undergraduate Students on the Dimensions Project

Niko Carvajal

Maya Gomez

Former Students on the 3D Moss Project

Quinn Brencher

Kat Golladay

Nora Howard

Dylan Powell



Publications related to the 3D Moss project

Deane-Coe, K. K., Sarvary, M. A., & Owens, T. G. (2017). Student Performance along Axes of Scenario Novelty and Complexity in Introductory Biology: Lessons from a Unique Factorial Approach to Assessment. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 16(1), ar3.

Deane‐Coe, K. K., & Stanton, D. (2017). Functional ecology of cryptogams: scaling from bryophyte, lichen, and soil crust traits to ecosystem processes.New Phytologist, 213(3), 993-995.

Seppelt, R. D., Downing, A. J., Deane-Coe, K. K., Zhang, Y., & Zhang, J. (2016). Bryophytes Within Biological Soil Crusts. In Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands (pp. 101-120). Springer International Publishing.

Deane-Coe, K. K., & Sparks, J. P. (2016). Cyanobacteria associations in temperate forest bryophytes revealed by δ15N analysis1. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 143(1), 50-57.

Deane-Coe, K. K., Mauritz, M., Celis, G., Salmon, V., Crummer, K. G., Natali, S. M., & Schuur, E. A. (2015). Experimental warming alters productivity and isotopic signatures of tundra mosses. Ecosystems, 18(6), 1070-1082.

Coe, K. K., & Sparks, J. P. (2014). Physiology-based prognostic modeling of the influence of changes in precipitation on a keystone dryland plant species.Oecologia, 176(4), 933-942.

Coe, K. K., Sparks, J. P., & Belnap, J. (2014). Physiological ecology of dryland biocrust mosses. In Photosynthesis in Bryophytes and Early Land Plants (pp. 291-308). Springer Netherlands.

Coe, K. K. (2013). Ecology Behind Bars: A Teaching Garden Cultivates Free Minds. Radical Teacher, 95(1), 56-60.

Reed, S. C., Coe, K. K., Sparks, J. P., Housman, D. C., Zelikova, T. J., & Belnap, J. (2012). Changes to dryland rainfall result in rapid moss mortality and altered soil fertility. Nature Climate Change, 2(10), 752-755.

Coe, K. K., Belnap, J., & Sparks, J. P. (2012). Precipitation‐driven carbon balance controls survivorship of desert biocrust mosses. Ecology, 93(7), 1626-1636.

Coe, K. K., Belnap, J., Grote, E. E., & Sparks, J. P. (2012). Physiological ecology of desert biocrust moss following 10 years exposure to elevated CO2: evidence for enhanced photosynthetic thermotolerance. Physiologia plantarum, 144(4), 346-356.