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Researchers rank among world’s most influential

Released today, the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018 includes five team members from Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE). This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for their field and year in Web of Science.

Stephen Long

Stephen Long is the Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology and a Distinguished Professor of Crop Sciences at Lancaster University. He uses computational and experimental approaches to improve photosynthetic efficiency and works to address the effects of climate change on crop yield. Long was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2013, and has been recognized as a highly cited researcher in the field of plant and animal science every year since 2005.

Donald Ort

Donald Ort is the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at Illinois. His research focuses on improving photosynthesis and addresses crop responses to global change factors including increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature. He leads the Genomic Ecology of Global Change theme in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.

Lisa Ainsworth

Lisa Ainsworth is a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service scientist with the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit and a professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois. Lisa’s research applies physiological, biochemical, and genomic tools to understand the mechanisms of plant responses to global climate change. She has received the Charles Albert Shull Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists, the President’s Medal from the Society of Experimental Biology, and was named a University Scholar by Illinois.

Martin Parry

Martin Parry is a professor in plant science and food security at Lancaster University. He wants his research to have a real impact on food security by increasing the yield of major crops while also increasing the efficiency of production and food quality. He believes that one way to achieve this is to increase photosynthesis of major crops like wheat. Professor Parry has been made an Honorary Member of the Association of Applied Biologists. He has also been awarded the China National Friendship Award by Vice-Premier Ma Kai.

Krishna Niyogi

Krishna Niyogi is the associate chair of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Kris is also a faculty scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research goals are to understand how photosynthetic energy conversion works, how it is regulated, and how it might be improved to help meet the world’s needs for food and fuel. He has received multiple awards including the Howard Hughes Award and the Melvin Calvin Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research. 

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