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Evan H Delucia

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Contact Information

286 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

G. William Arends Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Physiological ecology of vascular plants, photosynthesis, plant architecture, stress, climate change

Research Description

My laboratory is studying the physiological ecology of vascular plants with an emphasis on the environmental limitations to photosynthesis and resource allocation. I am particularly interested in developing integrated models of light utilization by plants in different habitats, with an emphasis on woody plants.

Other research projects include investigations of the effects of UV-B irradiation on growth and photosynthesis, and the impact of elevated CO2 on nutrient acquisition of trees. Currently we are using growth analysis, leaf and plant gas exchange, water relations, tissue chemistry, carbon isotope discrimination, and foliar optical properties, among other methods, in these studies. Research sites include grasslands, old fields, and deciduous forests in Illinois; subalpine and alpine habitats in Wyoming; and shrub steppe in Nevada.


PhD, 1986, Duke University
M.S., 1982, Yale University
B.A., 1979, Bennington College

Additional Campus Affiliations

G. William Arends Professor Emeritus, Plant Biology

Recent Publications

Beerling, D. J., Epihov, D. Z., Kantola, I. B., Masters, M. D., Reershemius, T., Planavsky, N. J., Reinhard, C. T., Jordan, J. S., Thorne, S. J., Weber, J., Martin, M. V., Freckleton, R. P., Hartley, S. E., James, R. H., Pearce, C. R., DeLucia, E. H., & Banwart, S. A. (2024). Enhanced weathering in the US Corn Belt delivers carbon removal with agronomic benefits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 121(9), Article e2319436121.

Berardi, D. M., Hartman, M. D., Brzostek, E. R., Bernacchi, C. J., DeLucia, E. H., von Haden, A. C., Kantola, I., Moore, C. E., Yang, W., Hudiburg, T. W., & Parton, W. J. (2024). Microbial-explicit processes and refined perennial plant traits improve modeled ecosystem carbon dynamics. Geoderma, 443, Article 116851.

Boughton, R. K., Smith, B. W., Boughton, E. H., Gomez-Casanovas, N., Bernacchi, C., DeLucia, E., Sparks, J., & Swain, H. M. (2024). Patch-burn management changes grazing behavior of cattle in humid subtropical grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 368, Article 109012.

Time, A., Gomez-Casanovas, N., Mwebaze, P., Apollon, W., Khanna, M., DeLucia, E. H., & Bernacchi, C. J. (2024). Conservation agrivoltaics for sustainable food-energy production. Plants People Planet, 6(3), 558-569.

von Haden, A. C., Eddy, W. C., Burnham, M. B., Brzostek, E. R., Yang, W. H., & DeLucia, E. H. (Accepted/In press). Root exudation links root traits to soil functioning in agroecosystems. Plant and Soil.

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