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Ryan Tappero

Lead Beamline Scientist/ Chemist, Imaging & Microscopy, National Synchrotron Light Source II

Ryan Tappero

Brookhaven National Laboratory

National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bldg. 743
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-5245
rtappero@bnl.gov

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications


Expertise

Ryan is a research scientist and X-ray microscopist at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  He is responsible for the design and management of the X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe (XFM) Beamline at NSLS-II.

Ryan works to develop new synchrotron-based X-ray imaging methods and apply them to pressing problems in biogeochemistry. His research focuses on the transformation, speciation and bioavailability of trace elements in soil and the rhizosphere (plant-soil interface), and the mechanisms of nutrient acquisition, uptake and metabolism in higher plants. Ryan holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Research Activities

Development of a Full-Field X-ray Fluorescence Imaging System for Near Real-Time Trace Element Microanalysis in Complex Biological Systems (R. Tappero, Principle Investigator); Department of Energy – Biological and Environmental Research (Bioimaging Research and Approaches for Bioenergy and the Environment).

Molecular Mechanisms of Plant-Mycorrhizal-Decomposer Interactions and Impacts on Terrestrial Biogeochemistry (J. Bhatnagar, Principle Investigator); Department of Energy – Biological and Environmental Research (Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Roles of Microbiomes in Nutrient Cycling Processes).

The Rice of the Future: How growing practices can decrease human exposure to toxins (A. Seyfferth and R. Tappero, Co-Principle Investigators); Brookhaven National Laboratory- University of Delaware Seed Grant.

Education

Ph.D., Environmental Soil Chemistry.  2008.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE.  Donald L. Sparks, advisor.

M.Sc., Soil Chemistry (Summa cum laude).  2004.  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. CA.  Thomas A. Ruehr (deceased), advisor.

B.Sc., Soil Science (Summa cum laude).  2001.  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.  Thomas A. Ruehr (deceased), advisor.

Professional Appointments

Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Delaware, Plant and Soil Sciences Dept., Newark, DE.

External Advisory Board for the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), Newark, DE.

Selected Publications

  • Kopittke PM, Punshon T, Paterson DJ, Tappero RV, Wang P, Blamey FPC, van der Ent A, Lombi E (2018) Synchrotron-Based X-Ray Fluorescence Microscopy as a Technique for Imaging of Elements in Plants. Plant Physiology 178:507–523. doi: 10.1104/pp.18.00759
Ryan Tappero

Brookhaven National Laboratory

National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bldg. 743
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-5245
rtappero@bnl.gov

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