Biologist & Group Leader, Terrestrial Ecosystem Science & Technology Group, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Alistair is a plant physiologist. His work is focused on increasing mechanistic understanding of the physiological processes that impact plant responses to global change, and representation of that process knowledge in Terrestrial Biosphere Models. His research has covered many natural and managed ecosystems including row and forage crops, and deciduous and evergreen temperate trees, and most recently tropical forests and Arctic tundra. Alistair's work also considers processes downstream of carbon assimilation that can have important feedbacks on photosynthesis and plant growth, specifically whole plant source-sink balance and carbon and nitrogen metabolism. His earlier work was centered on the response of plants to elevated carbon dioxide concentration, in particular, Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiments where plants were exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide in their natural environment. His interest in understanding plant responses to global change continues in the Arctic where he is using novel passively warmed field enclosures to study the impact of elevated temperature on photosynthesis and respiration. He is also interested in combining measurement of leaf reflectance with traditional physiological and biochemical approaches to enable rapid estimation of key leaf-level traits for model parameterization and phenotypical screening.
- BSc. Joint Hons. Biochemistry and Botany, 1994, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
- Ph.D. Biology, 1998, University of Essex, UK
Li Q, Serbin SP, Lamour J, Davidson KJ, Ely KS, Rogers A (2022) Implementation and evaluation of the unified stomatal optimization approach in the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES). Geoscientific Model Development Discussions. In Review.
Sabot MEB, De Kauwe MG, Pitman AJ, Medlyn BE, Ellsworth D, Martin-StPaul N, Wu J, Choat B, Limousin J-M, Mitchell PJ, Rogers A, Serbin SP (2022) One stomatal model to rule them all? Towards improved representation of carbon and water exchange in global models. Journal of Advances in Modelling Earth Systems. In Press.
Davidson KJ Lamour J, Rogers A, Serbin SP (2022) Late day measurement of excised branches results in uncertainty in the estimation of two stomatal parameters derived from response curves in Populus deltoides Bartr. x Populus nigra L. Tree Physiology. In Press.
Lamour J, Davidson KJ, Ely KS, Le Moguedec G, Leakey ADB, Li Q, Serbin SP, Rogers A (2022) An improved representation of the relationship between photosynthesis and stomatal conductance leads to more stable estimation of conductance parameters and improves the goodness-of-fit across diverse datasets. Global Change Biology. In Press.
Rogers A, Serbin SP, Way DA (2022) Reducing model uncertainty of climate change impacts on high latitude carbon assimilation. Global Change Biology. 28, 1222-1247.
Song G, Wu S, Lee CKF, Serbin SP, Wolfe BT, Ng MK, Ely KS, Bogonovich M, Wang J, Lin Z, Saleska S, Nelson BW, Rogers A, Wu J (2022) Monitoring leaf phenology in moist tropical forests by applying a spuerpixel-based deep learning method to time-series images of tree canopies. Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 183, 19-33.
Lamour J, Davidson KJ, Ely KS, Li Q, Serbin SP, Rogers A (2022) New calculations for photosynthesis measurement systems: what’s the impact for physiologists and modelers? New Phytologist. 253, 592-598.
Recent Invited Talks
2021 Improving representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models. Molecular Plant Sciences Seminar Series. Michigan State University. Virtual.
2020 Should triose phosphate utilization limitation be removed from terrestrial biosphere model representation of photosynthesis? NGEE tropics All Hands Meeting. Virtual.
2020 From the Arctic to the tropics, improving representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models. Environmental & Climate Sciences Departmental Seminar Series. Brookhaven National Laboratory. Upton, NY, USA.
2019 Multi-hypothesis representation of photosynthesis reveals the sources of variation in terrestrial biosphere model representation of leaf level CO2 assimilation. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.
2019 Improving representation of photosynthesis in Earth System Models. Gordon Research Conference, CO2 assimilation from genome to biome. Newry, MA, USA
2002, 2004, and 2009 Outstanding Mentor, Department of Energy, Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Program.
2022 Distinction of Tenure