Stan D. Wullschleger

Stan D. Wullschleger

Plant Systems Biology
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: (865) 574-7839
Fax: (865) 574-9501
wullschlegsd@ornl.gov

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Education:

  • Ph.D., Crop Physiology, University of Arkansas, 1990
  • M.S., Tree Physiology, Colorado State University, 1982
  • B.S., Forest Management, Colorado State University, 1979

Research Interests

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.

Professional Experience

  • Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Manager, Biomass Production and Conversion for Energy and Materials focus area (2009-present); Biological and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Participate in setting the ORNL research agenda in support of high-risk, potentially high-value research targeting the sustainable utilization of cellulosic biomass for energy and bioproducts.
  • Lead Scientist, Climate Change Mitigation Science Focus Area (2008-present); Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Coordinate a three national laboratory effort to understand the chemical, physical, and biological mechanisms the regulate the soil carbon cycle and to use that understanding to enhance carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Interim Division Director (2008-2009); Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Oversaw the scientific operations of a large, multi-disciplinary organization that encompassed more than 165 scientists, technicians, students, and guests.
  • Leader, Plant Systems Biology Group (2005-2010); Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Provide scientific leadership to a highly talented and multidisciplinary group of researchers involved in applying new tools of molecular biology to questions of interest to plant biology, bioenergy crop development, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem genomics.
  • Distinguished R&D Scientist (2005-present); Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Conduct field and laboratory studies on the physiological and ecological response of terrestrial ecosystems to global environmental change. Participate in genetic and genomic investigations highlighting the role of tissue quantity and chemistry in carbon sequestration.