December 1, 2016

PETROSS leadership rank among world’s most influential researchers


Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016 (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). The highly cited Illinois researchers include PETROSS Director Stephen P. Long (plant and animal science) and Associate Director Donald Ort (plant and animal science).  

The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study,” according to a statementfrom Clarivate Analytics, “formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters.” The list is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence over the past 11 years.

Long is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the departments of crop sciences and plant biology. He uses computational and experimental approaches to improve photosynthetic efficiency, and works to address the effects of climate change on crop yield. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 1976. He joined the U. of I. faculty in 1999, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2013 and has been recognized as a highly cited researcher in the field of plant and animal science every year since 2005.

Ort is the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at Illinois. He joined the faculty in 1978 after earning his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1974. His work focuses on improving plant photosynthesis and addresses crop responses to increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ground-level ozone. He works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, leads the Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and was elected to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame in 2015.

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