I’m an ecologist interested in enhancing land management with a trait-based perspective on plant community dynamics.  Much of my work has focused on using the traits of seeds and seedlings to explore the diversity of ecological strategies during the earliest stages of plant life (when and how plants seedbank, germinate, and recruit), and whether these different strategies are linked to plant growth/survival, and how entire plant communities change over time.

I’m always interested in hearing about potential collaborations! Check out my Projects & Publications pages to see what I’ve been working on recently.



I am currently a doctoral student in the Suding Lab at the University of Colorado in beautiful Boulder, CO.  Before that, I worked on drivers of seedling recruitment in Oregon rangelands (M.S.) and trait-based ecology  in California coastal sage scrub systems with the Funk Lab at Chapman University.

A hugely important personal priority is mentoring students in research and management-related experiences (especially those underrepresented in STEM). For more on this, or opportunities to work with me, check out my Teaching & Student Mentorship page.


julie.e.larson [at] colorado [dot] edu