Professor Stephen P Long FRS
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Plant Biology and of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois
Stephen Long is a pre-eminent plant environmental physiologist distinguished by his pioneering work on photosynthetic responses to global atmospheric change and the demonstration that C4 plants can achieve high productivity in temperate climates. His integration of mechanistic models with novel techniques in environmental physiology and innovative large-scale field experiments have changed understanding of how global change affects productivity and physiology scaling from molecular to regional levels, and has informed approaches to improving crop yield. His work contributed to the emergence of Miscanthus as a major bioenergy crop and provided a novel framework for increasing crop yields through improved photosynthetic efficiency.