17th Annual Symposium in Plant Biology

'The Plant Biology of Climate Change'

Save the Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Registration and more information on the upcoming 17th Annual Symposium in Plant Biology will be forthcoming.


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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