Matthew Gilbert

Ph. D. Rhodes University, 2008

Research Interests

  • plant photosynthetic physiology and water relations

Research Abstract

  • We are interested in the possibilities for affecting agricultural water use through changing plant hydraulics and stomata, while maintaining high agricultural productivity. This research is done through physiological modeling, custom made physiological measurement systems and validated with field measurements of water use. Key to this endeavor is knowledge of the ecophysiological tradeoffs that limit our ability to breed plants – our inspiration comes from nature.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Physiological Ecology


  • Plant Sciences