Evan DeLuciaDepartment of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA F1000 Faculty Member (since 29 March 2006)
Evan H DeLucia is a Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he was the founding Director of the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and currently serves as the Head of the Department of Plant Biology.
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:
After completing his BA at Bennington College and serving as a teaching fellow at Phillips Andover Academy, DeLucia completed a MFS (1982) in forest ecology at Yale University and a PhD (1986) in plant ecology and physiology at Duke University. He joined the faculty at Illinois in 1986, where he was recognized as a University Scholar in 1997. In 1994, DeLucia was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University and in 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Landcare Research in New Zealand.
DeLucia is a member of the American Association of Plant Physiologists, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Ecological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected Chair of the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society (1996-98). He currently provides editorial services for several prominent journals, including Ecology, Oecologia, Tree Physiology, and Global Change Biology.
The adaptive physiology of trees and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle are at the center of DeLucia's research interests. A main thrust of his current research is to determine how elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide influences physiological processes and carbon fluxes in forest ecosystems. Recent publications in Science (284:1177), featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered (archives, May 13, 1999), and Oecologia (131:250-260) describe the first estimate of the direct effect of elevated carbon dioxide on forest productivity and the ability of forests to sequester atmospheric carbon. DeLucia's students are also exploring the potential influences of global change on plant-insect interactions and the effects of non-native species on ecosystem function. He has served in an advisory capacity to his congressional representative and has recently presented a public lecture on forests and climate change before the National Academy of Sciences.
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