G. William Arends Professor of Biology & Director of the School of Integrative Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Evan H. DeLucia joined the faculty at Illinois in 1986 and he was recognized as a University Scholar in 1997. He is the founding Director of the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and currently serves as the Head of the Department of Plant Biology. The adaptive physiology of trees and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle are at the center of DeLucia's research interests. A main thrust of his current research is to determine how elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide influences physiological processes and carbon fluxes in forest ecosystems. He has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered regarding elevated carbon dioxide and forest productivity and the ability of forests to sequester atmospheric carbon. DeLucia's students are also exploring the potential influences of global change on plant-insect interactions and the effects of non-native species on ecosystem function. He has served in an advisory capacity to his congressional representative and has recently presented a public lecture on forests and climate change before the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. DeLucia is a member of the American Association of Plant Physiologists, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Ecological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.