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Andrew Leakey's Laboratory

About Dr. Andrew Leakey

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The Leakey research group at the University of Illinois studies the mechanisms of plant responses to global change, including rising CO2 and O3 concentrations, temperatures and drought stress. This enhances understanding of how the environment impacts ecosystem goods and services including biodiversity, productivity, water cycling and food supply. It also will inform efforts to adapt to environmental change. To do this we integrate genetic, molecular, biochemical, physiological and ecological tools to assess plant metabolism and productivity in food and biofuel crops, as well as natural ecosystems.

Dr Leakey received his B.Sc. in Plant Sciences in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Tropical Tree Physiology and Ecology in 2003, both from the University of Sheffield, UK. He moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA as a Fulbright Scholar in 2002. Staying at Illinois he was a post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Plant Biology and then Research Fellow at the Institute for Genomic Biology, before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.

 

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Recent Awards

2013 Arnold O. Beckman Research Award

2013 Spring, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students (IB440, Plants and Global Change)

2013 I.C. Gunsalus Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC

2011 Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, UIUC

2011 Spring, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students (IB440, Plants and Global Change)

2010 Faculty Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, UIUC

2009 Spring, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students (IB440, Plants and Global Change)

2009 Faculty Fellow of the Environmental Change Institute, UIUC

2008 Fall, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students (IB107, Global Warming, Biofuels and Food)

2008 Dean's Teaching Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC

2007 Spring, List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students (IB440, Plants and Global Change)

2006 Best Poster at American Society for Plant Biology Symposium on Transpiration

2006 College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Team Award for Research Excellence (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2002 Fulbright Scholar