JC Cahill teaches at the University of Alberta, where he heads up the Lab of Experimental Plant Ecology. Research in the lab addresses a diversity of fundamental questions in plant ecology. Cahill takes a broad approach to research, with interest in plant behavioral ecology, competition, plant-pollinator interactions, insect and mammalian herbivory, evolutionary and functional ecology, climate change, and mychorrhizae. Curious and open minded, Cahill and his students study "whatever sounds fun and interesting." He is adept at presenting hard science to the general public in a fun, inviting, easy-to-understand manner.