Research in the Larkin laboratory focuses on the biochemistry and genetics of plants, with an eye towards conservation. Our primary species of interest are seagrasses, marine angiosperms that form the basis of coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of the world. We use a combination of stable isotope, molecular and metabolomic techniques to investigate how seagrasses are able to resist environmental toxins, and how such resistance is influenced by genetic diversity. We’re also interested in the role genetic diversity has in influencing important population processes such as nutrient acquisition and seed production. Our goal is to identify those factors most important for seagrass bed survival, translating the data into meaningful practices for conservation and management.