Brett A. Huggett – Plant Physiology Research

Physiological and morphological responses and adaptations of trees to long-term or seasonal stress factors

Brett Forest Pic

Brett A. Huggett

Thesis student Erica Gagnon collecting canopy samples.

Brett coring trees.

Coring tree stems.

Huggett Lab Website

I have an enduring fascination with physiological and morphological adaptations and/or responses among tree species to long-term or seasonal stress factors. My research focuses on understanding the physiological responses of trees to biotic/abiotic stress with a particular interest in plant water relations and carbon allocation. Research topics that interest me include: how nutrient imbalances disrupt defense response systems in plants; possible impacts that nutrient deficiencies have on the hydrology of woody plants; and the analysis of carbon allocation patterns in woody plants in an effort to improve our understanding of forest responses to climate change. Such studies in plant physiological ecology are enhanced by my in-depth research in plant anatomy and morphology. Understanding how plant structure and function are influenced by pressures in the growing environment, or by interactions with other organisms, will greatly improve our understanding of tree health and ecosystem dynamics.


Selected Publications

Huggett, B.A., and J.A. Savage, G.Y. Hao, E.L. Preisser, and N.M. Holbrook. 2014. Impact of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae Annand) Infestation on Leaf Physiology and Xylem Structure and Function in Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carrière), in review.

Wheeler, J.K., B.A. Huggett, A.N. Tofte, F.E. Rockwell, and N.M. Holbrook. 2013. Cutting xylem under tension or supersaturated with gas can generate PLC and the appearance of rapid recovery from embolism. Plant, Cell and Environment 36 (11): 1938-1949.

Huggett, B.A., and P.B. Tomlinson. 2010. Aspects of vessel dimensions in the aerial roots of epiphytic Araceae. International Journal of Plant Sciences 171 (4): 362-369.

Huggett, B.A., P.G. Schaberg, G.J. Hawley, and C. Eagar. 2007. Long-term calcium addition increases growth release, wound closure, and health of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) trees at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37 (9): 1692-1700.