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Morgan Moeglein

I investigate how plants invest in leaf development. For many perennial plants living in seasonal environments, leaves partially develop over the course of one growing season, cease growth for a length of time when conditions are less favorable, and then resume growth and reach maturity in a future growing season. This is a developmental strategy known as leaf preformation. I use a comparative approach to characterize how different species invest in the preformation of different leaf tissues and how investment in leaf development is allocated temporally across growing seasons. Through this work I hope to better understand leaf development in a seasonal context and identify broader trends in leaf preformation.