Stan D. Wullschleger
Plant Systems Biology
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: (865) 574-7839
Fax: (865) 574-9501
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- Ph.D., Crop Physiology, University of Arkansas, 1990
- M.S., Tree Physiology, Colorado State University, 1982
- B.S., Forest Management, Colorado State University, 1979
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.
- 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.