Wickson Hall Rm. 2026

Principal Investigator: Brian Bailey

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Welcome To the Lab!

Our lab is working to develop the next generation of high-performance computational tools that can allow for realistic simulation of plant systems in order to better understand how plant structure and function impacts biophysical processes across scales. We combine novel experimental and modeling approaches to conduct basic and applied research in plant productivity and water-use efficiency.

Read more about lab research here.


Our research is centered around the Helios 3D simulation software, which is developed and maintained by the lab. Helios is a C++ API that manages 3D model geometry and associated data, and has numerous model plug-ins, e.g., radiation, transpiration, photosynthesis, LiDAR, and others. Learn more here.

Recent Publications

Early 2024
Quantifying Water-Use Efficiency in Plant Canopies with Varying Leaf Angle and Density Distribution. Annals of Botany. Link to Article
Mid 2023
Calculation of the Shear Length Scale in Sparse Canopy Flows: Do Sparse Canopies Follow Mixing-Layer Scaling? Boundary-Layer Meteorology. Link to Article
Mid 2023
Adaptation of QES-Fire, a dynamically coupled fast response wildfire model for heterogeneous environments. International Journal of Wildland Fire. Link to Article
Early 2023
Kinetic factors of physiology and the dynamic light environment influence the economic landscape of short-term hydraulic risk. New Phytologist. Link to Article
Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616