Environmental and Stress Biology

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 322 / alonsof@arizona.edu

Our research aims to comprehend the mechanistic interactions between plants, microbiomes, and ecosystem processes. Understanding this interplay is necessary for advancing sustainable agriculture and addressing climate change.

Interim Director - School of Plant Sciences
Keating Building, Room 341 / 520-621-9153 / galbraith@arizona.edu
520-621-9213 (Lab)

His research centers around the development of new technologies and methods for the analysis of eukaryotes. Recognized as a pioneer in flow cytometry, his recent contributions have greatly improved our understanding of cell-specific gene expression.

Professor, Bud Antle Endowed Chair for Excellence - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303C / 520-621-7185 / jenksm@email.arizona.edu

Jenks' research seeks to elucidate whole plant and cellular mechanisms underlying plant adaptability to both biotic and abiotic environmental stress, with a main focus on the plant cuticle.

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating Bioresearch, Room 307 / gmelandri@arizona.edu

In the Melandri Lab we investigate physiological and biochemical mechanisms able to confer heat and drought stress tolerance to crops and we try to identify their genetic control.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley Building Rm 441E / 520-626-2229 / rpalaniv@email.arizona.edu
520-621-9567 (Lab)

Develop new tomato varieties that are high yielding even under heat stress. Overcoming reproductive hybridization barriers in Brassicaceae model plants so that we can generate tools to break species barrier and generate novel hybrids.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541A / (520)-621-3656 / dukepauli@email.arizona.edu

I use a combination of high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, and data science to reveal the genetic architecture of stress adaptive traits that are critical for abiotic stress tolerance.

Research Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes Bldg., Room 415A / (520) 269-5938 / pessarak@arizona.edu
(520) 269-5938 (Lab)

Research focused on the adaptation of turfgrass species/genotypes/cultivars to environmental (salinity, drought, & heat) stresses, screening various turfgrasses for stress tolerances in hydroponics culture as well as in the field, and studying...

Associate Professor of Practice - School of Plant Sciences
Marley Bldg., Rm. 541G / 520-306-1228 / tquist@email.arizona.edu
520-621-7074 (Lab)

Tanya Quist received a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture where she studied in the Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology. Her thesis and post-doctoral work used whole...

Extension Specialist and Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 435 / 520-621-1060 / uschuch@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Schuch's research addresses issues in plant production and landscape management with the goal to provide information on how to produce and maintain healthy, functional plants with minimum inputs.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441B / 621-9635 / schumake@email.arizona.edu
621-8910 (Lab)

Our research is focused on understanding how cellular energy transduction is regulated and the molecular evolution of genes that control plant adaptation. These two projects intersect in their importance for plant growth in saline environments.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541E / 520-621-3970 / jessewoodson@email.arizona.edu

Plants use their energy-producing organelles (i.e. chloroplasts and mitochondria) to sense and adapt to changing environments and stresses. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms behind these signaling networks, allowing us to control crop growth.