Arnon Lecture 3/6/13 features Mark Stitt

Arnon Lecture featuring Dr. Mark Stitt, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm

Plant & Microbial Biology Seminar - Wednesday 3/06 - Noon - 101 Barker Hall

Seminar Title: “Budgeting Carbon in a Fluctuating Environment: Is Arabidopsis better than Bankers and Politicians?”

Reception to follow in 338 Koshland Hall -- all are invited

Mark Stitt was born in Stafford England in 1953, completed his undergraduate work at Cambridge in 1975.  He went on to earn the Ph.D. in 1978 under the supervision of Dr. T. ap Rees at Cambridge with a thesis entitled "Carbohydrate oxidation by photosynthetic cells."  Dr.Stitt’s postdoctoral training was at the Institute for Physiological Chemistry and Physical Biochemistry, Munich, with Prof. Dr. H. W. Heldt from 1978 to 1980, followed by research experiences at UC Berkeley with Bob Buchanan, and his habilitation in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Göttingen.  Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor for Plant  Biochemistry in the Department of Plant Physiology, Bayreuth in 1986 and became Professor and Head of the Institute for Botany, University of Heidelberg in 1991.  From 1997 to 2000 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Heidelberg, and in 2000 was appointed as the Director of the department ‘Metabolic  Networks’ at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm. 
Professor Stitt has been a Handling Editor for Plant Cell and Environment since 1992, and for The Plant Journal since 1996.  He is Section Head for Plant Biochemistry and Physiology for Faculty of 1000 (2000), and is on the Advisory Board for an additional four scientific journals including Current Opinion in Plant Biology.  He also serves on the Advisory Boards and Steering Committees of an additional nine European and international scientific institutes and collaborative research projects. 
In 1986 Dr. Stitt was awarded the Presidents Medal of the Society for Experimental Botany, England, and in 2002 was identified by ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher, based upon his publications from 1991 to 2001.  Overall, Dr. Stitt has over 200 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. 

To learn more about Dr. Mark Stitt visit his Faculty Webpage.

The Arnon Lecture honors the late Professor Daniel I. Arnon (1910-1994). Arnon spent his career at Berkeley, obtaining his Ph.D. in plant nutrition with Dennis R. Hoagland and later joining the faculty. He is best known for his pioneering research in the fields of photosynthesis and plant nutrition. His career is recounted in a memoir written for the National Academy of Sciences. The lecture is held annually during Spring Semester. Speakers have made distinguished contributions to photosynthesis or a related field and are selected by the Arnon Lecture Committee.