Department of
Plant Biology

Plant Biology Directory

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madaime2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Using machine learning and superresolution microscopy to investigate past ecological and evolutionary responses of conifers in angiosperm-dominated communities. Advisor: Surangi Punyasena
portrait of Ainsworth, Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth, Elizabeth "Lisa"

lisa.ainsworth@ars.usda.gov
147 ERML
217-265-9887

USDA ARS
Adjunct Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Plant physiological and molecular responses to global change, photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
portrait of Aubery, Rose Aubery, Rose

aubery2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Advisor: Surangi Punyasena

Advisor: Surangi W. Punyasena
portrait of Augspurger, Carol Augspurger, Carol

carolaug@illinois.edu
155 Morrill Hall
217-333-1298

Professor Emerita - Plant Biology
PEEC
Phenology of trees and herbs, wind dispersal, seed and seedling ecology of tropical trees, plant-pathogen interactions
portrait of Barnhart, Jennifer Barnhart, Jennifer

jbarnhar@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-3261

Office Administrator - Plant Biology

portrait of Berenbaum, May Berenbaum, May

maybe@illinois.edu
216A Morrill Hall / 318B Morrill Hall
217-333-2910 / 217-333-7784

Professor & Head - Entomology
Professor - Plant Biology
Swanlund Chair
PEEC
Chemical interactions between insects and host plants and their implications in the organization of natural communities
portrait of Bernacchi, Carl Bernacchi, Carl J

carl.bernacchi@ars.usda.gov

(217) 333-8048

USDA ARS
Adjunct Professor - Plant Biology
Impacts of climate change on crop physiology, energy fluxes between the atmosphere and plant canopies, carbon sequestration, crop canopy responses to stress
portrait of Beuchat, Gabriel Beuchat, Gabriel

beuchat2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Li-Qing Chen
portrait of Black, Deborah Black, Deborah

black3@illinois.edu
1220 Plant Sci Lab
217-333-7857

Greenhouse Manager

portrait of Brooks, Matthew Brooks, Matthew D.

mb5886@illinois.edu
161 ERML

USDA ARS
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Integrating transcriptomic and physiological measurements to reveal gene regulatory networks coordinating photosynthesis and nitrogen use. Exploiting natural genetic variation to uncover factors influencing energy generation and energy use.
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cburrou2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth
portrait of Cheeseman, John Cheeseman, John M.

j-cheese@illinois.edu

217-300-9323

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
The relationships between plant biology, food security, food sovereignty and actually feeding the world's poor
portrait of Chen, Li-Qing Chen, Li-Qing

lqchen77@illinois.edu
1201 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Control of sugar allocation to improve crop yield or biomass for food and biofuels
portrait of Christian, Natalie Christian, Natalie

nsc@illinois.edu

Postdoc

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jconro@illinois.edu
Dept. of Geology, Natural History Building 3042
217-244-4855

Associate Professor - Geology; Plant Biology
PEEC
paleoclimate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, paleolimnology, stable isotope hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry
portrait of D'Andrea Rocha, Rafael D'Andrea Rocha, Rafael

rdandrea@illinois.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Biology

portrait of Dalling, James Dalling, James

dalling@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall
217-244-8914

Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Tropical forest dynamics, plant-soil and plant-fungal interactions, seed ecology
portrait of De Becker, Elsa De Becker, Elsa

elsad2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Stephen Long
portrait of DeLucia, Evan DeLucia, Evan H.

delucia@illinois.edu

G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology
Professor - Plant Biology
Director - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
PEEC
Physiological ecology of vascular plants, photosynthesis, plant architecture, stress, climate change
portrait of Demler, Hannah Demler, Hannah

hdemler@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Investigating the role of aquaporin plasma membrane intrinsic proteins in plant responses to ozone. Advisor: Lisa Ainsworth

Advisor: Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth
portrait of Downie, Stephen Downie, Stephen R.

sdownie@illinois.edu
239 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-1275

Professor - Plant Biology
Associate Director of Academic Affairs - School of Integrative Biology
PEEC
Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with emphasis on the family Apiaceae; chloroplast genome structural evolution
portrait of Ferrer, Astrid Ferrer, Astrid

aferrer@illinois.edu

Senior Research Scientist - Plant Biology

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manuelf3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: James Dalling
portrait of Fraterrigo, Jennifer Fraterrigo, Jennifer

jmf@illinois.edu
W-423 Turner Hall
217-333-9428

Associate Professor - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
Affiliate - Plant Biology
PEEC
Landscape ecology, effects of human and natural disturbance on ecosystem structure and function, land-water
portrait of Friedmann, Caroline Friedmann, Caroline

ckfried2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Mark Lara
portrait of Fu, Jie Fu, Jie

jief3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
portrait of Gabay-Laughnan, Susan Gabay-Laughnan, Susan

gabaylau@illinois.edu
265 Morrill Hall
217-333-2919

Retired--Senior Research Scientist
Mitochondrial DNA mutations in maize and the effect of nuclear genes upon these mutations; mitochondrial S-type cytoplasmic male sterility and its nuclear restorer-of-fertility alleles; cytoplasmic reversion of CMS-S to fertility.
portrait of Govindjee, Govindjee Govindjee, Govindjee

gov@illinois.edu
669 Morrill Hall
217-333-1794

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
History of photosynthesis
portrait of Grennan, Aleel Grennan, Aleel

agrennan@illinois.edu
1407 IGB
217-333-7768

Senior Research Specialist - Plant Biology

portrait of Heath, Katy Heath, Katy

kheath@illinois.edu
249 Morrill Hall
217-265-5473

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Mutualism coevolution: evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant-microbe interactions; evolutionary responses to global change
portrait of Hu, Feng Sheng Hu, Feng Sheng

fshu@illinois.edu
2090 Lincoln Hall
217-244-2982

Professor - Plant Biology
Ralph E. Grim Professor of Geology
PEEC
Ecosystem ecology, quaternary paleoecology, climatic change and biotic response, soil and sediment biogeochemistry
portrait of Huber, Steven Huber, Steven Carl

schuber1@illinois.edu
197 ERML
217-265-0909

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
Identification of biological mechanisms that regulate important plant processes and impact growth and development
portrait of Hutchinson, Sarah Hutchinson, Sarah

smhutch2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Stephen Long
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kjops2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Mathematical and modelling approaches to ecological theory including community assemblage and plant competitive interactions.

Advisor: James O'Dwyer
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jasonmk3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
The systematics, biology and ecology of woody tissue-inhabiting, non-lichenized fungi in class Leotiomycetes (Ascomycota), with a special focus on taxa in orders Rhytismatales and Marthamycetales. These understudied fungi are ubiquitous in Northern Hemisphere temperate forests where they persist mainly as saprobes or weak parasites. Advisor: Andrew Miller

Advisor: Andrew Miller
portrait of Katz-Downie, Deborah Katz-Downie, Deborah

dkatzdow@illinois.edu

217-333-1275

Visiting Scientist - Plant Biology

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skwafo@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Justin McGrath
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lakeram2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Surangi W. Punyasena
portrait of Lara, Mark Lara, Mark

mjlara@illinois.edu

Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Geographic Information Science; GIS and Society; Space-Time Analytics; River, Watershed, and Landscape Dynamics
portrait of Leakey, Andrew Leakey, Andrew D.B.

leakey@illinois.edu
1402 IGB
217-244-0302

Professor and Head - Plant Biology
University Scholar
PEEC
Integrative plant physiology, genetics and genomics; plant water use efficiency, photosynthesis and carbon metabolism; crop responses to elevated CO<sub>2</sub>, drought, temperature and ozone; crop sustainability and responses to global environmental change
portrait of Lenz, Jana Lenz, Jana

janalenz@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-1654

Human Resource Associate

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liravia2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Research in whether chromosome number of species might influence their growth performance and distribution in natural environments.

Advisor: James Dalling
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slong@illinois.edu
379 ERML/134 IGB
217-244-0881

Ikenberry Endowed University Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology
PEEC
Environmental physiology, atmospheric change impacts on crops and natural vegetation, C4 photosynthesis, energy crops, mathematical models of photosynthesis
portrait of Marshall-Colon, Amy Marshall-Colon, Amy

amymc@illinois.edu
193 ERML
217-300-1430

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
Integrative modeling to investigate the multi-scale regulation of crop response to genetic and environmental perturbations.
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dgm3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Interactive Effects of Drought and Ozone Stress on Crop Physiology and Biochemistry. Advisor: Lisa Ainsworth

Advisor: Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth
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mmasters@illinois.edu
1400 IGB
217-333-1632

Field Research Specialist - Plant Biology

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dustinm2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Andrew D.B. Leakey
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jamcgrat@illinois.edu
1402 IGB
217-300-7359

SoyFACE Research Coordinator

portrait of McGrath, Justin McGrath, Justin

jmcgrath@illinois.edu
197 ERML

USDA ARS
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Plant Biology

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zarluis2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Effects of soil nutrient availability on the development of Forest monodominance and subordinate species composition in Panama. Advisor: James Dalling

Advisor: James Dalling
portrait of Miller, Andrew Miller, Andrew

amiller7@illinois.edu
2003 Robert Evers Lab

Principal Mycologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Plant Biology
PEEC
Character evolution of ascomycetes with emphasis on members of the Class Sordariomycetes, biodiversity and biogeography of ascomycetes
portrait of Ming, Ray Ming, Ray

rayming@illinois.edu
148 ERML
217-333-1221

Professor - Plant Biology
Evolution of primitive sex chromosomes, genome structure of papaya, sugarcane, coffee and pineapple
portrait of Molano-Flores, Brenda Molano-Flores, Brenda

molano1@illinois.edu
2012 Natural Resource Building

Senior Plant Ecologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Entomology; Plant Biology
plant-insect interactions, reproductive biology of plants, population biology, conservation biology; restoration
portrait of Montes, Christopher Montes, Christopher M

cmontes3@illinois.edu

Postdoctoral Researcher
Examining Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.] and Maize (Zea mays L.) physiological responses to elevated ozone concentrations and genetically mapping ozone response
portrait of O'Dwyer, James O'Dwyer, James

jodwyer@illinois.edu
183 Morrill Hall
217-244-7086

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
We work with theoretical models and a broad range of data to understand patterns of biodiversity, from tropical forests to host-associated microbial systems like the human microbiome
portrait of Ort, Donald Ort, Donald R

d-ort@illinois.edu
1406 IGB
217-333-2093

Professor - Plant Biology
Molecular and biochemical basis for environmental effects on photosynthesis, photosynthetic energy transduction
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paul9@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Andrew D.B. Leakey
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rpaul@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Modeling terrestrial biogeochemistry of different land uses in the Midwest; quantifying ecosystem services of multi-use landscapes; resolving environmental impacts of second-generation bioenergy agriculture

Advisor: Evan H. DeLucia
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pelech@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Elucidating the complexities of maize and soybean intercropping systems to optimize productivity and resource-use efficiencies

Advisor: Carl J Bernacchi
portrait of Prada Cordero, Cecilia Prada Cordero, Cecilia

cprada@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
The relationship between soil nutrient availability and the diversity, composition and distribution of tree species in montane forest in Panama, and it’s consequences for ecosystem carbon cycling.

Advisor: James Dalling
portrait of Punyasena, Surangi Punyasena, Surangi W.

spunya1@illinois.edu
139 Morrill Hall
217-244-8049

Associate Professor, Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies - Plant Biology
PEEC
Palynology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, and computer vision applications
portrait of Quebedeaux, Jennifer Quebedeaux, Jennifer

quebede2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Genetic Control of Carbon Metabolism and Water Use Efficiency as Targets to Improve Photosynthesis and Crop Yield

Advisor: Andrew D.B. Leakey
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abriley2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Katy Heath
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lrios@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Andrew D.B. Leakey
portrait of Romero Valero, Ingrid Romero Valero, Ingrid

romerov2@illinois.edu
139 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-1186

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
The study of the pollen morphology of 100 species from Bombacoideae (Malvaceae)

Advisor: Surangi W. Punyasena
portrait of Sargent, Malcolm Sargent, Malcolm

malcolms@illinois.edu

217-333-0287

Associate Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
Creation of user friendly, perspective oriented guides for the identification of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts)
portrait of Schore, Aiden Schore, Aiden Isaac Gittler

aschore2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Research Description: Examining interactions between climate, disturbances, and the physical environment across the Alaskan tundra via analysis of permafrost degradation, tall shrub expansion, and biological feedback effects. Advisor: Mark Lara

Advisor: Mark Lara
portrait of Schuler, Mary Schuler, Mary

maryschu@illinois.edu
162 ERML
217-333-8785

Professor - Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Cell and Developmental Biology
Affiliate - Entomology
Pre-mRNA processing, P450 monooxygenases and their role in plant-insect interactions
portrait of Seigler, David Seigler, David

daveseig@illinois.edu

217-333-7577

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
PEEC
Phytochemistry, chemical ecology, plant systematics, secondary products, systematics of Acacia species
portrait of Seyfried, Georgia Seyfried, Georgia

gss3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Assess carbon and nitrogen storage patterns in forest stands dominated by ECM- versus AM- associated trees.

Advisor: Wendy H. Yang
portrait of Shearer, Carol Shearer, Carol

carolshe@illinois.edu
655B Morrill Hall
217-333-2796

Professor Emerita - Plant Biology
Ecology of freshwater saprophytic fungal communities, systematics and biogeography of freshwater ascomycetes and fungi imperfecti
portrait of Shrivastava, Stuti Shrivastava, Stuti

shrvstv3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Research in the nitrate uptake dynamics at both gene and protein level in Arabidopsis for 2 major nitrate transporters, NPF6.3 and NRT2.1.

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
portrait of Singh, Dilkaran Singh, Dilkaran

dilkaran@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
portrait of Song, Jinjin Song, Jinjin

jinjins2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Ray Ming
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warnow@illinois.edu
3235 Seibel Center for Computer Sciences
217-300-3087

Founder Professor and Associate Head - Computer Science
Affiliate - Entomology; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Plant Biology
PEEC
Phylogenomics, multiple sequence alignment, and metagenomics
portrait of Yang, Wendy Yang, Wendy H.

yangw@illinois.edu
639 Morrill Hall
217-244-2614

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Terrestrial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics, climate change
portrait of Zerpa Catanho, Dessiree Zerpa Catanho, Dessiree

dpz2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Ray Ming
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chenz6@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Li-Qing Chen
portrait of Zhang, Xiaodan Zhang, Xiaodan

xiaodan5@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Plant Biology


Advisor: Ray Ming
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rez@illinois.edu

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology