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.
- BSc. Joint Hons. Biochemistry and Botany, 1994, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
- Ph.D. Biology, 1998, University of Essex, UK
- Burnett AC, Serbin SP, Lamour J, Anderson J, Davidson KJ, Yang D, Rogers A (2021) Seasonal trends in photosynthesis and leaf traits in scarlet oak. Tree Physiology. In Press.
- Rogers A, Kumarathunge DP, Lombardozzi DL, Medlyn BE, Serbin SP, Walker AP (2021) Triose phosphate utilization limitation: an unnecessary complexity in terrestrial biosphere model representation of photosynthesis. New Phytologist. 230, 11-22.
- Ely KS, Rogers A, Agarwal DA, Ainsworth EA, Albert L, Ali A, Anderson J, Aspinwall MJ, Bellasio C, Bernacchi C, Bonnage S, Buckley TN, Bunce J, Burnett AC, Busch FA, Cavanagh A, Cernusak LN, Crystal-Ornelas R, Damerow J, Davidson KJ, De Kauwe MG, Dietze MC, Domingues TF, Dusenge ME, Ellsworth DS, Evans JR, Gauthier PPG, Gimenez BO, Gordon EP, Gough CM, AHalbritter AH, Hanson DT, Heskel M, Hogan JA, Hupp JR, Jardine K, Kattge J, Keenan T, Kromdijk J, Kumarathunge DP, Lamour J, Leakey ADB, LeBauer DS, Li Q, Lundgren MR, McDowell N, Meacham-Hensold K, Medlyn BE, Moore DJP, Negrón-Juárez R, Niinemets U, Osborne CP, Pivovaroff AL, Poorter H, Reed SC, Ryu Y, Sanz-Saez A, Schmiege SC, Serbin SP, Sharkey TD, Slot M, Smith NG, Sonawane BV, South PF, Souza DC, Stinziano JR, Stuart-Haëntjens E, Taylor SH, Tejera MD, Uddling J, Vandvik V,Varadharajan C, Walker AP, Walker BJ, Warren JM, Way DA, Wolfe BT, Wu J, Wullschleger SD, Xu C, Yan Z, Yang D (2021) A reporting format for leaf-level gas exchange data and metadata. Ecological Informatics. 61, 101232.
- Way DA, Cook A, Rogers A (2021) The effect of rising CO2 concentration on terrestrial systems: scaling it up. New Phytologist. 229, 2383-2385.
- Walker AP, Johnson AM, Rogers A, Anderson J, Bridges RA, Fisher RA, Lu D, Ricciutto DM, Serbin SP, Ye M (2021). Multi-hypothesis analysis of Farquhar and Collatz photosynthesis models reveals unexpected influence of empirical assumptions. Global Change Biology. 27, 804-822.
Recent Invited Talks
- 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.