17th Annual Symposium in Plant Biology

'The Plant Biology of Climate Change'

Register and Save the Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019


8:30 AM                                      Registration – Integrated Learning Center Atrium, 2nd Floor (ILC)

9:00 AM                                                 Welcome to morning session, Kristen DeAngelis– ILC N151

9:05 AM                                                                                                                     WOLFGANG BUSCH
                                                          Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory Salk Institute    
                    Harnessing natural variation to identify mechanisms for environmental adaptation

9:55 AM                                                                                       Morning break - ILC 2nd Floor Atrium

10:10 AM                                                                                                                  CATE MACINNIS-NG
                                                     School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
                                                                                       New Zealand’s forests in a changing climate – 
                                                      challenges and opportunities in the land of the long white cloud

11:00AM                                                                                                                 CATHERINE GEHRING
Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
                                                                    Can soil microbes help trees respond to climate change:
                                                                                           Evidence from a southwestern tree species

12:00 -1:45 PM                                                                                 Lunch, Marriott Center, 11th Floor
                                                             (Presenters Set-up Posters, we recommend 3'x4' poster size)

2:00 PM          Welcome to afternoon session, Marco Keiluweit and Jedaidah Chilufya – ILC N151

2:10 PM                                                                                                                                     JEFF DUKES
Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University                 
                                                                                Plant responses and feedbacks to climate change:
                                                                       Perspectives from the Boston-Area Climate Experiment

3:00 PM                                                                                                              CAROLYN MALMSTROM
                                                                                                   Plant Biology, Michigan State University
                                     Influence of anthropogenic landscape change on plant – virus interactions

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM                                 Poster session and reception, Marriott Center, 11th Floor


Dr. Wolfgang Busch is an Associate Professor in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute. Focusing on the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana, his lab uses a systems genetics approach to understand how plants withstand stresses associated with global change, and has developed statistical, computational, and machine learning methods to study how plant root growth is altered in shifting and extreme climate environments. 

Dr. Jeff Dukes is a professor at Purdue University and the director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Through his own work, and by collaborating with other scientists, he conducts field experiments and ecosystem-scale models to examine how climate change affects plants and ecosystem structure and function. 

Dr. Catherine Gehring is a professor at Northern Arizona University in the Biological Sciences Department. She is interested in understanding how changes in climate (drought and warming) impact plant interactions with fungi and/or insects. Her experimental work spans from the field, into the greenhouse and in the laboratory.  

Dr. Cate Macinnis-Ng is a new Principle Investigator in Te Punaha Matatini, a Center of Research Excellence hosted by University of Aukland, New Zealand. She has used modelling approaches and measurements of plant responses to climate change. She is currently working on developing new tools and methods to understand drought impacts on New Zealand’s native forests. 

Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom is a professor at Michigan State University in Plant Biology and co-director of the Plant Virus Ecology Network. In trying to understand how plant-virus interactions are affected at the agro-ecological interface, Dr. Malmstrom is examining how climate change, an example of human perturbation, influences these interactions. Her experimental work involves molecular tools, bioinformatics and field work.

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Support for this event has been provided in part by: Indigo Ag and UMass IALS

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For information on our past symposiums, see the Plant Biology Annual Symposium History page.