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Charles Burroughs

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Ph.D Student, Department of Plant Biology

Curriculum Vitae




Ph.D, Plant Biology, expected 2020

Concentrations: Physiology, Air Pollution, Remote Sensing

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Certificate, Specialization in Biotechnology, 2014

St. Louis Community College, Florissant, MO 

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, 2012

Minor: Geology

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


As the human population continues to grow, our food supply will need to keep pace. This rise in production will take place amidst intensified stress from our environment. Ozone in particular is the most damaging air pollutant to crop plants. Concentrations of ground level ozone have more than doubled since the industrial revolution. Ozone stress reduces yield and primary productivity and has caused an estimated $7.2 billion loss per year in maize yields.

My research examines the physiological effects of elevated ozone on maize.