Karine Prado studied Biology Science at the University of Montpellier 2 (France) where she obtained an MRes in Plant Functional Biology then a prestigious doctoral fellowship from INRA in 2010 (Contrat Jeune Scientifique). Prado's Ph.D. was carried out at INRA of Montpellier under the supervision of Dr Christophe Maurel and was aimed to determine the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling the hydraulic properties of the Arabidopsis thaliana rosette, focusing on the role of water channel proteins in response to environmental stresses.
Ari Kornfeld, a member of the Berry Lab, works at the intersection of plant physiological ecology, instrumentation, and software design. His current research focuses primarily on optical remote sensing of photosynthesis through the measurement and analysis of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence.
Joe Berry’s work is focused on photosynthesis and associated processes (exchange of gases, fluorescence, remote sensing, ecophysiology) at a hierarchy of scales from the chloroplasts to the planet. His goal is to distill this information into equations that can be used in models to represent these processes in the complex webs of interacting processes that comprise the Biosphere of planet Earth. The focus is on understanding and representing the fundamental mechanisms so that our models give the right behavior and also help us understand why. Dr.
Jen Johnson is a Research Associate in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Her research focuses on building quantitative understanding of the processes that control the exchange of energy, water, and carbon dioxide between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere, using a combination of measurements and models. On the measurement side, the long-term focus is developing strategies for accurately measuring trace gas concentrations and isotope ratios in complex environmental samples via laser absorption spectroscopy.
Leander studies the biogeographic, demographic and biogeochemical implications of tree responses to climate change. He combines methods from community ecology, dendrochronology, plant ecophysiology, and stable isotope biogeochemistry to understand the sensitivity of forests in the western U.S.A. and Australia to various global change drivers.
The goal of my work is to use innovative tools to quantify important fluxes in the carbon cycle that we cannot measure directly. To do this, I combine soil science, atmospheric chemistry, and a little bit of plant physiology. My most promising tracer at the moment is a gas called carbonyl sulfide. It looks very similar to carbon dioxide and can interact with the same enzymes in plant leaves. By understanding the exchange of carbonyl sulfide with components of ecosystems (e.g.