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Bethany Holland

Bethany Holland

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Office: 1114 IGB

Research Program

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE)

Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA)


Bethany Holland is a postdoctoral researcher interested in improving plant growth by mathematically modeling the allocation of carbon and nitrogen to sources and sinks. Her wider interest is in exploring biological concepts using mathematical techniques. For the RIPE and ENSA projects, Bethany is creating a mechanistic model of nitrogen fixation to quantify the energetic requirements of processes in the roots. Her model will be combined with whole-plant models—including a mechanistic model of photosynthesis—to better understand the dynamics between carbon and nitrogen within the plant, determining when nitrogen fixation switches from a net gain for carbon fixation and overall plant growth to a net drain on fixed carbon.

Bethany earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Nottingham Trent University, a master's degree in industrial mathematical modeling from the Loughborough University, and a doctorate in plant sciences from the University of Sheffield. Her work is currently published in In Silico Plants with several other works in preparation. 

The LongLab is supported by many public and private partnerships, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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