Wendy K. Silk

Wendy Silk

Position Title
Professor Emerita and Distinguished ArtScientist

Unit
Department of Land Air and Water Resources, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

219 Hoagland Hall
Bio

Profile Introduction

Interests center on plant-environment interactions, particularly quantitative analyses of growth and development and plant response to environmental variation. Teaching program emphasizes the engagement of learning in environmental science via the arts.

Research Interests

Quantitative Plant Biologist

Interests center on plant-environment interactions, including quantitative analyses of growth and development, how plants modify the environment via nutrient cycling, growth kinematics, biomechanics, best management practices

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Hydrology, Soil Science

Specialties / Focus

  • Environmental and Integrative Biology

Courses

  • SAS 042 Earth Water Science Song, Winter

Labs

  • Plant-environment interactions
    • collaborating with Profs. Sanjai Parikh and Andrew McElrone to study nanoparticles in the environment

Field Sites

  • Russell Ranch ltras.ucdavis.edu/

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Visiting Professorship (U.C. Berkeley), Bullard Fellowship (Harvard University)
  • Professeur invité (Université Blaise Pascal)

    Professional Societies

    • Botanical Society of America
    • American Society of Plant Biology

    Degrees

    • 1968 BA Applied mathematics in biology Harvard University
    • 1975 PhD Botany (Plant Physiology) University of California at Berkeley

    Publications

    Walter, A., Silk, W.K., Schurr, U., 2009. Environmental Effects on Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Leaf and Root Growth. Annual Review of Plant Biology 60, 279-304.

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