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Alistair Rogers


Alistair Rogers began his research career studying the physiological, biochemical and molecular acclimation of plants to growth at elevated CO2. His research is currently focused on increasing mechanistic understanding of the physiological processes that impact plant responses to global change, and representation of that process knowledge in Earth System Models. Alistair is also interested in whole plant carbon and nitrogen interactions, source-sink balance, and the manipulation of carbon and nitrogen partitioning to improve biofuel feedstocks.


  • University of Wales, Bangor, BSc., Joint Hons. Biochemistry and Botany
  • University of Essex, Ph.D., Biology

Areas of Interest

  • Physiological, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms underlying the responses of plants to global change

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • 2009 Outstanding Mentor. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Programs.
  • 2004 Outstanding Mentor. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Programs.
  • 2002 Outstanding Mentor. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Programs.

Selected Publications

Burnett, A., Davidson, K., Serbin, S. P., and Rogers, A. The ‘one-point method’ for estimating maximum carboxylation capacity of photosynthesis: a cautionary tale. Plant, Cell Environ., accepted (2019).

Ely, K. S., Burnett, A. C., Lieberman-Cribbin, W., Serbin, S., and Rogers, A. Spectroscopy can predict key leaf traits associated with source–sink balance and carbon–nitrogen status. J. Exp. Bot., accepted (2019).

Dickman, L. T., McDowell, N. G., Grossiord, C., Collins, A. D., Wolfe, B. T., Detto, M., Wright, S. J., Medina-Vega, J. A., Goodsman, D., Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Wu, J., Ely, K. S., Michaletz, S. T., Xu, C., Kueppers, L., and Chambers, J. Q. Homeostatic maintenance of non-structural carbohydrates during the 2015-2016 El Nino drought across a tropical forest precipitation gradient. Plant, Cell & Environ., in press (2018).

Walker, A. P., Ye, M., Lu, D., De Kauwe, M. G., Gu, L., Medlyn, B. E., Rogers, A., and Serbin, S. P. The multi-assumption architecture and testbed (MAAT v1.0): R code for generating ensembles with dynamic model structure and analysis of epistemic uncertainty from multiple sources. Geosci. Model Dev. 11, 3159-3185, doi:10.5194/gmd-11-3159-2018 (2018).

Lombardozzi, D. L., Smith, N. G., Cheng, S. J., Dukes, J. S., Sharkey, T. D., Rogers, A., Fisher, R., and Bonan, G. B. Triose phosphate limitation in photosynthesis models reduces leaf photosynthesis and global terrestrial carbon storage. Environ. Res. Lttrs 13, 074025, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aacf68 (2018).

Ghimire, B., Riley, W. J., Koven, C. D., Kattge, J., Rogers, A., Reich, P. B., and Wright, I. J. A global trait-based approach to estimate leaf nitrogen functional allocation from observations. Ecological Applications 27, 1421-1434, doi:10.1002/eap.1542 (2017).

Lewin, K. F., McMahon, A., Ely, K. S., Serbin, S. P., and Rogers, A. A zero power warming chamber for investigating plant responses to rising temperature. Biogeosciences 14, 4071-4083, doi:10.5194/bg-14-4071-2017 (2017).

Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Ely, K. S., Sloan, V. L., and Wullschleger, S. D. Terrestrial biosphere models underestimate photosynthetic capacity and CO2 assimilation in the arctic. New Phytologist 216, 1090-1103, doi:10.1111/nph.14740 (2017).

Wu, J., Kobayashi, H., Stark, S. C., Meng, R., Guan, K., Tran, N. N., Gao, S., Yang, W., Restrepo-Coupe, N., Miura, T., Oliviera, R. C., Rogers, A., Dye, D. G., Nelson, B. W., Serbin, S. P., Huete, A. R., and Saleska, S. R. Biological processes dominate seasonality of remotely sensed canopy greenness in an Amazon evergreen forest. New Phytologist, online, doi:10.1111/nph.14939 (2017).

Wu, J., Serbin, S. P., Xu, X., Albert, L. P., Chen, M., Meng, R., Saleska, S. R., and Rogers, A. The phenology of leaf quality and its within-canopy variation is essential for accurate modeling of photosynthesis in tropical evergreen forests. Global Change Biology 23, 4814-4827, doi:10.1111/gcb.13725 (2017).

Burnett, A., Rogers, A., Rees, M., and Osborne, C. P. Carbon source-sink limitations differ between two species with contrasting growth strategie. Plant Cell Environ., accepted (2016).

Ali, A. A., Xu, C., Rogers, A., Fisher, R. A., Wullschleger, S. D., Massoud, E. C., Vrugt, J. A., Muss, J. D., McDowell, N. G., Fisher, J. B., Reich, P. B., and Wilson, C. J. A global scale mechanistic model of photosynthetic capacity (LUNA V1.0). Geosci. Model Dev. 9, 587-606, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-587-2016 (2016).

De Kauwe, M. G., Lin, Y.-S., Wright, I. J., Medlyn, B. E., Crous, K. Y., Ellsworth, D. S., Maire, V., Prentice, I. C., Atkin, O. K., Rogers, A., Niinemets, Ü., Serbin, S. P., Meir, P., Uddling, J., Togashi, H. F., Tarvainen, L., Weerasinghe, L. K., Evans, B. J., Ishida, F. Y., and Domingues, T. F. A test of the 'one-point method' for estimating maximum carboxylation capacity from field-measured, light-saturated photosynthesis. New Phytologist 210, 1130-1144, doi:10.1111/nph.13815 (2016).

White, A. C., Rogers, A., Rees, M., and Osborne, C. P. How can we make plants grow faster? A source–sink perspective on growth rate. J. Exp. Bot. 67, 31-45, doi:10.1093/jxb/erv447 (2016).

Rogers, A. The use and misuse of Vc,max in Earth System Models. Photosynth. Res. 119, 15-29, doi:10.1007/s11120-013-9818-1 (2014).

Rogers, A., Medlyn, B. E., and Dukes, J. S. Improving representation of photosynthesis in Earth System Models. New Phytologist 204, 12-14, doi:10.1111/Nph.12972 (2014).

Gray, S. B., Strellner, R. S., Puthuval, K. K., Ng, C., Shulman, R. E., Siebers, M. H., Rogers, A., and Leakey, A. D. B. Minirhizotron imaging reveals that nodulation of field-grown soybean is enhanced by free-air CO2 enrichment only when combined with drought stress. Functional Plant Biology 40, 137-147, doi:10.1071/FP12044 (2013).

Rogers, A., McDonald, K., Muehlbauer, M. F., Hoffman, A., Koenig, K., Newman, L., Taghavi, S., and Van Der Lelie, D. Inoculation of hybrid poplar with the endophytic bacterium Enterobacter sp. 638 increases biomass but does not impact leaf level physiology. GCB Bioenergy 4, 364-370, doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01119.x (2012).

Rogers, A., Ainsworth, E.A., Leakey, A.D.B.  Will elevated carbon dioxide concentration amplify the benefits of nitrogen fixation in legumes? Plant Physiology 151, 1009-1016 (2009).

Rogers, R. R., Hair, J. W., Hostetler, C. A., Ferrare, R. A., Obland, M. D., Cook, A. L., Harper, D. B., Burton, S. P., Shinozuka, Y., McNaughton, C. S., Clarke, A. D., Redemann, J., Russell, P. B., Livingston, J. M., and Kleinman, L. I. NASA LaRC airborne high spectral resolution lidar aerosol measurements during MILAGRO: Observations and validation. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 9, 8817-8856 (2009).

Ainsworth, E.A. and Rogers, A.  The response of photosynthesis and stomatal conductance to rising [CO2]: mechanisms and environmental interactions. Plant, Cell & Environment 30, 258-270 (2007).

Junker, B.H., Lonien, J., Heady, E.H., Rogers, A., and Schwender, J.  Parallel determination of enzyme activities and in vivo fluxes in Brassica napus embryos grown on organic or inorganic nitrogen source.  Phytochemistry. 68, 2232-2242 (2007).

Rogers, A., Gibon, Y., Stitt, M., Morgan, P.B., Bernacchi, C.J., Ort, D.R., and Long, S.P.  Increased carbon availability at elevated carbon dioxide concentration improves nitrogen assimilation in a legume. Plant, Cell & Environment. 29, 1651-1658 (2006).

Rogers, A., Allen, D.J., Davey, P.A., Morgan, P.B., Ainsworth, E.A., Bernacchi, C.J., Cornic, G., Dermody, O., Heaton, E.A., Mahoney, J., Zhu, X.-G., DeLucia, E.H., Ort, D.R., and Long, S.P.  Leaf photosynthesis and carbohydrate dynamics of soybeans grown throughout their life-cycle under Free-Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment. Plant Cell & Environment. 27, 449-458 (2004).

Rogers, A. and Humphries, S.W.  A mechanistic evaluation photosynthetic acclimation at elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 6, 1005-1011 (2000).