We study trees, water, and vascular transport. Trees provide us with oxygen, habitat for birds and other animals, shelter, and wood products. Water is the molecule of life; as such it plays an active role in a myriad of processes on the cellular and organism level. Vascular transport distributes water and other molecules across the plant body.

In contrast to the human cardiovascular system, trees need to maintain their transport systems over decades and centuries, time scales that may greatly surpass human life spans. Such transport systems must cope with environmental changes and adjust to the growth of the organism over time.

We ask: How do these transport systems function? How do drought, frost, and insects affect transport? How are transport processes influenced by rising temperatures and concomitant changes in climate?


By looking at the other pages of this website, you will learn about the lab members and our research.

Contact and links

Phone: (780) 492 8511; Email: uwe.hacke at ualberta.ca; Address: 442 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3, Canada

Department of Renewable Resources; University of Alberta


Pending funding, I am looking for one or two MSc students to work on topics related to functional anatomy and ecophysiology. We are particularly interested in water and sugar transport in plants. I will find out by the end of March 2019 whether I will have funding, and how much it will be. In the meantime, I encourage you to email me your application so I can see your CV, your GPA, and understand why you are interested in such a topic and position (uwe.hacke at ualberta.ca). Do not apply at the Department/University level yet.

Start date could be September 2019; for Canadian students we may or may not be able to look at a July 2019 start.


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