Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Thorsten Knipfer

Thorsten Knipfer, first author of Spatiotemporal coupling of vessel cavitation and discharge of stored xylem water in a tree sapling

Current Position: Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

Education: PhD

Non-scientific Interests: Nature and Sports

Brief bio: Water stress by drought impacts plant performance and productivity worldwide, and climate projections for the 21st century predict more extreme weather events accompanied by reduced rainfalls and warmer summers. Knowledge about the physiological processes of how plants regulate water movement at cell, organ, and whole-plant level can help us to understand ecosystem responses to climate change and improve crop management strategies to conserve irrigation water. I am examining the underlying plant physiological responses from the cellular level to the whole-plant scale using a combination of novel and traditional research tools.