Professor Paul Falkowski
Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, USA
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Professor Falkowski is a world-leading marine biogeochemist and an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences for his work on the global carbon cycle. He is a pioneer in the development and application of active chlorophyll fluorescence techniques to examine photosynthesis and elemental cycling, from the single cell to ocean basins. During the last four decades he has continued to revolutionised our understanding of earth system processes from geological history to the present day.
Dr Antonietta Quigg
Professor of Marine Biology & Oceanography, Texas A&M University, USA
Dr Quigg is an eminent phytoplankton physiologist, with a special focus on phytoplankton nutrition to address questions related to water, energy and climate. Her research spans freshwater to marine systems and has driven our modern day understanding of how nutrients and metals control photosynthetic performance and associated fluorescence properties. She studies the complex coasts and oceans of the Gulf of Mexico with applications across biofuel, harmful algae and ballast water assessment.
Professor Michael Behrenfeld
Professor of Botany & Pathology, Oregon State University, USA
Professor Behrenfeld is internationally renowned for his research in aquatic photosynthesis that spans physiological ecology, biophysics and biochemistry of plants and algae, to novel optical assessment approaches. His work has transformed paradigms of how environmental processes and climate change control primary productivity and global carbon fluxes. He has continued to drive international efforts in the use of chlorophyll fluorescence-based technology to remotely sense the biosphere.
Professor David Kramer
Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics, Michigan State University, USA
Professor Kramer is a global leader in bioenergetics for plant and microalgal photosynthesis, and how these processes are regulated to define energy budgets and ultimately support life in extreme environments. He has developed novel spectroscopic and fluorescence techniques to observe photosynthetic reactions in isolated systems and living plants. His efforts have yielded innovative technical and computation platforms for improved algal growth, phenotype screening and broad-scale agricultural and ecological assessment.