Submitted by Dianne T. Pater on Friday, 9/15/2017, at 1:47 PM

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Biology (2017)

B.S., University of New Mexico, Biology (2011)

Research Interests

Submitted by Dianne T. Pater on Friday, 9/15/2017, at 1:47 PM

Plants and other photosynthetic organisms are fundamental to life on Earth. They provide us with food, fuel, fiber, building materials, and medicine. They created the atmosphere that allowed multicellular life to exist.

Research in my lab focuses on understanding natural variations in how plants respond to changes in their environment. While plants have evolved to cope with changes in their environment, that adaptability has not necessarily been preserved as crops were developed from wild species. My research compares crop plants and their wild relatives to identify traits that may allow crop plants to adapt to unfavorable climate conditions and also to help identify crop varieties that may be grown on marginal lands that aren’t ideally suited for agriculture.

My lab studies how photosynthesis varies in different plants in response to environmental cues. Photosynthesis consists of two major processes: (1) The capture of light energy and (2) using that energy to convert CO2 from the atmosphere into sugars to be used as building blocks for other molecules in the plant. The efficiency at which plants maintain these processes varies widely by species and is also affected by environmental influences, including drought, temperature extremes, and soil salinity. I am primarily interested in investigating physiological parameters, using a variety of approaches such as: gas exchange, variable chlorophyll fluorescence, stable carbon isotope ratios, and leaf anatomical phenotyping.

Courses taught

Submitted by Dianne T. Pater on Friday, 9/15/2017, at 1:53 PM

Biol-191 Molecules, Genes and Cells. 

Special Topics: 290/290H or 490/490H.  I am happy to talk with you about your ideas for Special Topics readings or research credits or sponsor students to undertake a research project in my laboratory.  Full or half (H) course credit options are available.


Submitted by Dianne T. Pater on Friday, 9/15/2017, at 11:40 AM

D. Pater, J. Mullen, J. McKay, J. I. Schroeder. “Examining Natural Variation in Water Use Efficiency Traits in Diverse Accessions of Brassica napus L.” Plant and Cell Physiology, August 2017.

M. Zhu, J. G. Monroe, Y. Suhail, F. Villiers, J. Mullen, D. Pater, F. Hauser, B. Jeon, J. Bader, J. Kwak, J. I. Schroeder, J. McKay, S. Assmann. “Molecular and Systems Approaches towards Drought-tolerant Canola Crops.” New Phytologist, February 2016.

D. Sutimantanapi, D. Pater, L. Smith. “Divergent roles for maize PAN1 and PAN2 receptor-like proteins in cytokinesis and cell morphogenesis.” Plant Physiology, Vol. 164, April 2014, p. 1905-1917.

M. Heckwolf, D. Pater, D.T. Hanson, R. Kaldenhoff. “The Arabidopsis aquaporin At PIP1;2 is a physiologically relevant CO2 transport facilitator.” The Plant Journal, Vol. 67, September 2011, p. 795-804.