Evan DeLucia

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Arends Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology, School of Integrative Biology

Research Focus: Terrestrial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics, climate change

Biography: Evan H. DeLucia is the G. William Arends Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was the founding Director of the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, served as the Head of the Department of Plant Biology, and as the director of the School of Integrative Biology. He was named Director for the new Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment in 2013. In 2017, he was named Director for the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI).

After completing his B.A. at Bennington College and working as a teaching fellow at Phillips Andover Academy, DeLucia completed a M.F.S. (1982) in forest ecology at Yale University and a Ph.D. (1986) in plant ecology and physiology at Duke University.

He joined the faculty at Illinois in 1986, where he was recognized as a University Scholar in 1997. In 1994, DeLucia was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University and in 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Landcare Research in New Zealand. DeLucia became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He is a member of the American Association of Plant Physiologists, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected Chair of the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society (1996-98). He currently provides editorial services for several prominent journals, including Ecology, Oecologia, Tree Physiology, and Global Change Biology.

Mission Statement: Dr. DeLucia’s laboratory is studying the physiological ecology of vascular plants with an emphasis on the environmental limitations to photosynthesis and resource allocation. He is particularly interested in developing integrated models of light utilization by plants in different habitats, with an emphasis on woody plants.