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Stan Wullschleger



Current research interests include quantifying plant response to environmental change, modeling plant, regional, and global carbon and water cycles, and incorporating emerging capabilities of plant genomics into studies of plant physiology and ecology. Field experiments are conducted to examine the response of plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment, drought, and warming, focusing on carbon, water, and energy exchange. Mechanistic understanding gained in these investigations is incorporated into models and used to assess leaf, plant, stand, and ecosystem-scale responses to global climatic change. Studies are being expanded to examine role of plants and microbes in biosequestration, what new approaches can be used to model hierarchical systems in ecology; and how sensors and sensor networks can best be developed and deployed for high-resolution measurements in the ecological sciences.

Description of Research:

  • Physiological response of plants to global environmental change
  • Whole-tree water use and environmental control of canopy transpiration
  • Growth and maintenance respiration of leaves and woody tissues
  • Plant water relations
  • Carbon sequestration in plants and soils of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Individual-based modeling of forest succession
  • Physiological genetics
  • Advanced instrumentation for the ecological sciences


  • PhD: Crop Physiology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (1990)
  • MS: Tree Physiology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO (1982)
  • BS: Forest Management, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO (1979)


Yang X., U.C. Kalluri, S.P. DiFazio, S.D. Wullschleger, T.J. Tschaplinski, Z.M. Cheng, G.A. Tuskan. 2009. Poplar genomics: State of the science. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 28: 285-308.

Wullschleger S.D. D.J. Weston, and J.M. Davis. 2009. Populus responses to edaphic and climatic cues: emerging evidence from systems biology research. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 28: 368-374.

Amthor, J.S., Hanson, P.J., Norby, R.J. and Wullschleger, S.D. 2010. A comment on “Appropriate experimental ecosystem warming methods by ecosystem, objective, and practicality” by Aronson and McNulty. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 150: 497-498.

Martin M.Z., N. Labbe, N. Andre, S.D. Wullschleger, R.D. Harris, and M.H. Ebinger. 2010. Novel multivariate analysis for soil carbon measurements using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74: 87-93.

Garten, C.T., J.L. Smith, J.E. Amonette, V.L. Bailey, D.J. Brice, H.F. Castro, R.L. Graham, C.A. Gunderson, R.C. Izaurralde, P.M. Jardine, J.D. Jastrow, M.K. Kerley, R. Matamala, M.A. Mayes, F.B. Metting, R.M. Miller, K. Moran, W.M. Post, R.D. Sands, C.W. Schadt, J.R. Phillips, A.M. Thomson, D.D. Tyler Jr., T. Vugteveen, T.O. West, and S.D. Wullschleger. 2010. Intra-annual changes in biomass, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics at 4-year old field trials in West Tennessee, USA. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 136: 177-184.

Jansson C., S.D. Wullschleger, U.C. Kalluri, and G.A. Tuskan. 2010. Phytosequestration: Carbon biosequestration by plants and the prospects of genetic engineering. BioScience 60: 685-696.

Yang B., S.G. Pallardy, T.P. Meyers, L. Gu, P.J. Hanson, S.D. Wullschleger, M. Heuer, K.P. Hosman, J.S. Riggs, and D.W. Sluss. 2010. Environmental controls on water use efficiency during sever drought in an Ozark forest in Missouri, USA. Global Change Biology 16: 2252-2271.

Jager, Y., B. Latha Malar, C.C. Brandt, E.B. Davis, C.A. Gunderson, and S.D. Wullschleger. 2010. Empirical geographic modeling of switchgrass yields in the United States. GCB Bioenergy 2: 248-257.

Wullschleger, S.D., E.B. Davis, M.E. Borsuk, C.A. Gunderson, and L.R. Lynd. 2010. Biomass production for the herbaceous bioenergy crop switchgrass: Database description and determinants of yield. Agronomy Journal 102: 1158-1168.

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