Michael Day

Michael DayAssociate Research Professor, Tree Physiology and Physiological Ecology
Graduate Coordinator, School of Forest Resources
124 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5755
207.581.2889; fax 207.581.2875

  • Faculty of the Graduate School
  • Ecology and Environmental Science Faculty (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • Cooperating Faculty in The Center for Sustainable Forests

Ph.D. University of Maine, Orono (2000)


These are exciting times to be in tree physiology and physiological ecology. In the past physiologists were usually forced to work in narrow disciplines with little interdisciplinary communication. However, our state of understanding is now reaching the level at which vertical integration of such diverse areas as genomics, biochemistry, population dynamics and ecosystem ecology can proceed. Physiological ecologists are in a unique position to participate in this integration. Plants, particularly trees, must respond to events and environments that exhibit dynamics from biotic community to subcontinental spatial scales and sub-diurnal to decadal (even millennial) time scales, and such responses include processes operating from molecular to population levels. I view our comprehension of these relationships as the realm of physiological ecology.