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Hormoz BassiriRad
Hormoz BassiriRad, PhD
UIC Biological Sciences, SEL 4103 M/C 067
840 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Office: (312) 996-8674
Lab: (312) 996-5437
Fax: (312) 996-2805
Email: hormoz@uic.edu

About Dr. BassiriRad's Research

I am a physiological plant ecologist who uses experimental and observational approaches to understand how plants respond to natural stresses and environmental pollutants. My research focuses on belowground activities, root biology, water relations, gas exchange and nutrient cycling. There are three major components in my current research, all of which focus largely on physiological mechanisms that control plant response to global climate change. These are: 1) plant and ecosystem responses to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 concentration; 2) plant and ecosystem responses to increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition, and; 3) importance of extreme events (episodic drought and extreme heat) as an agent of natural selection in plant communities. These subject areas are closely linked as they cover the core components of environmental issues related to global warming and climate change.

Representative Publications

Marty M and BassiriRad H (2013) Seed germination and rising atmospheric CO2 level: a meta-analysis of parental and direct effects. New Phytologist: In Press

Gebauer T and BassiriRad H (2011). Effects of high atmospheric CO2 concentration on root hydraulic conductivity of conifers depend on species identity and inorganic nitrogen source. Environmental Pollution. 159 (12): 3455-3461.

Gutschick VP and BassiriRad H (2010). Biological extreme events - theoretical and practical challenges. Trans Am Geophys Union. 91(9): 84-85.

Trueman RJ, Taneva L, Gonzalez-Meler MA, Oechel WC, BassiriRad H (2009) Carbon Losses in soils previously exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2 in a Chaparral ecosystem: potential implications for a sustained biospheric C sink. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 102: 142-148

BassiriRad H, Gutschick V, Sehtiya HL (2008) Control of plant nitrogen uptake in native ecosystems by rhizospheric processes. In: Quantifying and Understanding Plant Nitrogen Uptake for Systems Modeling, pp- 71-93, edited by Liwang Ma, Lajpat Ahuja and Tom Bruulsema. CRC (Taylor and Francis Group, LLC,) Boca Raton; Florida.

Newingham B, Callaway MR, BassiriRad H (2007) Allocating nitrogen away from an herbivore: A novel compensatory response to root herbivory. Oecologia, 153: 913-920.

Lussenhop J and BassiriRad H (2005) Collembola Density Changes Nitrogen Acquisition by Ash Seedling (Fraxinus pennsylvanica). Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 37:645-650.

BassiriRad H et al. (2003). Widespread foliage δ15N depletion under elevated CO2: inferences for the nitrogen cycle. Global Change Biology. 9:1582-1590.