Department of
Plant Biology

Plant Biology Directory

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Development of phylogenetically-informed computer vision methods for fossil pollen recognition and the study of long-term trends in plant evolution. Advisor: Surangi W. Punyasena
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147 ERML

Adjunct Professor - Plant Biology
Plant physiological and molecular responses to global change, photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
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155 Morrill Hall

Professor Emerita - Plant Biology
Phenology of trees and herbs, wind dispersal, seed and seedling ecology of tropical trees, plant-pathogen interactions
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216A Morrill Hall / 318B Morrill Hall
217-333-2910 / 217-333-7784

Professor & Head - Entomology
Professor - Plant Biology
Swanlund Chair
Chemical interactions between insects and host plants and their implications in the organization of natural communities
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(217) 333-8048

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
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Li-Qing Chen
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161 ERML

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Integrating transcriptomic and physiological measurements to reveal gene regulatory networks coordinating photosynthesis and nitrogen use.
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283 Morrill Hall

Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Sustainable ecosystems using synthetic biology tools to simplify, miniaturize and automate engineering of photosynthetic organisms
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Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
The relationships between plant biology, food security, food sovereignty and actually feeding the world's poor
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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
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Dept. of Geology, Natural History Building 3042

Associate Professor - Geology; Plant Biology
paleoclimate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, paleolimnology, stable isotope hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry
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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Biology

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286 Morrill Hall

Professor - Plant Biology
Director, Integrative Biology Honors
Tropical forest dynamics, plant-soil and plant-fungal interactions, seed ecology
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Stephen Long
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Matthew D. Brooks
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G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology
Professor - Plant Biology
Director - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Physiological ecology of vascular plants, photosynthesis, plant architecture, stress, climate change
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2070 Lincoln Hall
(217) 333-1350

Interim Associate Dean for Curricula and Academic Policy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Plant Biology
Curator, University of Illinois Vascular Plant Herbarium
Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with emphasis on the family Apiaceae
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Deep learning for pollen analysis, paleo-ENSO variability, historical ecology, Holocene land use and land cover change, landscape archaeology

Advisor: Surangi W. Punyasena
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Senior Research Scientist - Plant Biology

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: James Dalling
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W-423 Turner Hall

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

Advisor: Mark Lara
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
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265 Morrill Hall

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.
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669 Morrill Hall

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
History of photosynthesis
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1407 IGB

Senior Research Specialist - Plant Biology

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Katy Heath
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249 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
Mutualism coevolution: evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant-microbe interactions; evolutionary responses to global change
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197 ERML

Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
Identification of biological mechanisms that regulate important plant processes and impact growth and development
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Systematics of flowering plants and insects, especially Apiaceae (the carrot or parsley family) and Diptera (the true flies); with emphasis on monographic taxonomy and the description of new species; also understanding the evolutionary relationships and ecology of these groups

Advisor: Stephen R. Downie
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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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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

Advisor: Andrew Miller
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Visiting Scientist - Plant Biology

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Justin McGrath
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Interactions of arthropods and early plants during the Pennsylvanian period.
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Assistant Professor - Plant Biology
Geographic Information Science; GIS and Society; Space-Time Analytics; River, Watershed, and Landscape Dynamics
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1402 IGB

Professor and Head - Plant Biology
Director - Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
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
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(217) 244-3036

Office Manager

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379 ERML/134 IGB

Ikenberry Endowed University Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology
Environmental physiology, atmospheric change impacts on crops and natural vegetation, C4 photosynthesis, energy crops, mathematical models of photosynthesis
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193 ERML

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
Integrative modeling to investigate the multi-scale regulation of crop response to genetic and environmental perturbations.
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Interactive effects of drought and ozone sress on crop physiology and biochemistry

Advisor: Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth
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1400 IGB

Field Research Specialist - Plant Biology

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Andrew D.B. Leakey
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1402 IGB

SoyFACE Research Coordinator

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197 ERML

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Plant Biology

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2003 Robert Evers Lab

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

Professor - Plant Biology
Evolution of primitive sex chromosomes, genome structure of papaya, sugarcane, coffee and pineapple
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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
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Postdoctoral Researcher
Examining Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.] and Maize (Zea mays L.) physiological responses to elevated ozone concentrations and genetically mapping ozone response
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(217) 333-3261

Extra-help Office Support

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183 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies - Plant Biology
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
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1406 IGB

Professor - Plant Biology
Molecular and biochemical basis for environmental effects on photosynthesis, photosynthetic energy transduction
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Gene regulation in sorghum and metabolic modeling of wheat

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Tropical forest ecology, plant-animal-fungal interactions, seed ecology

Advisor: James Dalling
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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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139 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor, Associate Head - Plant Biology
Palynology, microscopy, machine learning, evolution
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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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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone stress on crop quality

Advisor: Justin McGrath
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Associate Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
Creation of user friendly, perspective oriented guides for the identification of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts)
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
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
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162 ERML

Professor - Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Cell and Developmental Biology
Affiliate - Entomology
Pre-mRNA processing, P450 monooxygenases and their role in plant-insect interactions
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Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology
Phytochemistry, chemical ecology, plant systematics, secondary products, systematics of Acacia species
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655B Morrill Hall

Professor Emerita - Plant Biology
Ecology of freshwater saprophytic fungal communities, systematics and biogeography of freshwater ascomycetes and fungi imperfecti
portrait of Shukla, Diwakar Shukla, Diwakar
203 Roger Adams Laboratory
(217) 300-0021

Blue Waters Associate Professor - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Affiliate - Plant Biology

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Graduate Student - Plant Biology
Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon

Advisor: Amy Marshall-Colon
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Ray Ming
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3235 Seibel Center for Computer Sciences

Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Founder Professor and Associate Head - Computer Science
Affiliate - Entomology; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Plant Biology
Phylogenomics, multiple sequence alignment, and metagenomics
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639 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
Terrestrial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics, climate change
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Li-Qing Chen
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Graduate Student - Plant Biology

Advisor: Ray Ming
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Professor Emeritus - Plant Biology