Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
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BioLabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Future of Food: Climate, Crops, and Consequences Lecture

The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change" with Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, the Plant Biology Initiative at Harvard University, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Lisa Ainsworth is an associate professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a research molecular biologist with the USDA ARS. Her research applies physiological, biochemical, genomic and imaging tools to understand the mechanisms of plant responses to global climate changes, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone concentrations. The broad aim of her work is to understand the challenges and opportunities that climate change will present for genetic and biotechnological improvement of crop yield and food supply. Ainsworth received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois.

The Future of Food: Climate, Crops, and Consequences Lecture Series, organized by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, highlights the interactions between agriculture and climate and their consequences for health and stability in an ongoing series of discussions with speakers from government, academia, and industry. For more information on this series visit:

Note: The main entrance of the Biological Labs is blocked off due to construction. Please use either of the two side entrances noted below with yellow stars to enter the building.

Contact Name: 

Laura Hanrahan

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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