David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

Assistant Professor

Environmental & Plant Biology
Porter Hall 309A

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Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2004

M.S. University of Wyoming, 1999


  • Physiological Ecology
  • Global Change
  • Invasion Biology
  • Ecological Genetics

The overarching goal in my lab’s research is to assess how plant ecophysiological responses to environmental stressors affect plant performance or fitness. We use observational, experimental and modeling approaches to address key biological questions about ecophysiological, genetic, and evolutionary mechanisms that drive individuals and population level processes. In the past I have addressed questions at scales ranging from biochemical to population and community level processes.Within this framework, my research has evaluated (1) the roles that plant hybridization and evolution play in ecophysiological divergence of drought tolerance traits in sunflowers, (2) the genotypic and phenotypic responses of invasive plant populations to founding events, and (3) how the response of C3 photosynthesis to climate change alters plant productivity and fitness.

Faculty Research Focus Areas: Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecology; Plant Physiology


  • Physiological Plant Ecology (PBIO 3260 / 5260)
  • Plant Ecology (PBIO 2090)
  • Biomes (PBIO 2470)

Selected Publications

Tomeo, N. J. and D. M. Rosenthal. 2017. Mesophyll conductance among soybean cultivars sets a tradeoff between photosynthesis and water-use . Plant Physiology.

Sanz-Sáez, Á., R. P. Koester, D. M. Rosenthal, C. M. Montes, D. R. Ort, and E. A. Ainsworth. 2017. Leaf and canopy scale drivers of genotypic variation in soybean response to elevated carbon dioxide concentration . Global Change Biology: DOI 10.1111/gcb.13678

Gray, S.B., Dermody, O., Klein, S.P., Locke, A.M., McGrath, J.M., Paul, R.E., Rosenthal, D.M., Ruiz-Vera, U., Siebers, M.H., Strellner, R., Ainsworth, E.A., Bernacchi, C.J., Long, S.P. Ort, D.R. & Leakey, A.D.B. 2016. Intensifying drought eliminates the expected benefits of elevated carbon dioxide for soybean . Nature Plants 2 doi:10.1038/nplants.2016.132

Medeiros JS, Tomeo NJ, Hewins CR and David M. Rosenthal (2016) Fast-growing Acer rubrum differs from slow-growing Quercus alba in leaf, xylem and hydraulic trait coordination responses to simulated acid rain . Tree physiology . doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpw045

Marchini G., Sherlock N., Ramakrishnan A., Rosenthal D. & Cruzan M. (2015) Rapid purging of genetic load in a metapopulation and consequences for range expansion in an invasive plant . Biological Invasion s, 1-14.

Bagley, J., Rosenthal, D. M., Ruizā€Vera, U. M., Siebers, M. H., Kumar, P., Ort, D. R., & Bernacchi, C. J. (2015). The influence of photosynthetic acclimation to rising CO2 and warmer temperatures on leaf and canopy photosynthesis models . Global Biogeochemical Cycles , 29(2), 194-206.

Rosenthal, D. M., Ruiz-Vera, U. M., Siebers, M. H., Gray, S. B., Bernacchi, C. J., & Ort, D. R. (2014). Biochemical acclimation, stomatal limitation and precipitation patterns underlie decreases in photosynthetic stimulation of soybean (Glycine max) at elevated [CO 2] and temperatures under fully open air field conditions. Plant Science, 226, 136-146.

Ruiz-Vera, U. M., Siebers, M., Gray, S. B., Drag, D. W., Rosenthal, D. M., Kimball, B. A., ... & Bernacchi, C. J. (2013). Global warming can negate the expected CO2 stimulation in photosynthesis and productivity for soybean grown in the Midwestern United States . Plant Physiology, 162(1), 410-423.

Rosenthal DM and NJ Tomeo 2013 Climate, crops and lacking data underlie regional disparities in the CO2 fertilization effect . Environ Res. Lett. 031001. (Perspective)

Bernacchi CJ, Bagley JE, Serbin SP, Ruiz-Vera UM, Rosenthal DM, Vanloocke A. 2013. Modelling C3 photosynthesis from the chloroplast to the ecosystem . Plant, Cell & Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12118

Rosenthal DM, Slattery RA, Miller RE, Grennan AK, Gleadow RM, Cavagnaro TR, Fauquet CM, and Donald R. Ort (2012) Cassava about-FACE: greater than expected yield stimulation of cassava (Manihot esculenta) by future CO2 levels . Global Change Biology. 18:2661 - 2675

Rosenthal DM and DR Ort (2012) Examining cassava,s potential to enhance food security under climate change. Tropical Plant Biology. DOI : 10.1007/s12042-011-9086-1

Rosenthal DM, Locke A, Khozaei M, Raines CA, Long SP and Donald R. Ort (2011) Over-expressing the C3 photosynthesis cycle enzyme Sedoheptulose-1-7 Bisphosphatase improves photosynthetic carbon gain and yield under fully open air CO2 fumigation (FACE) . BMC Plant Biology 11:23

Rosenthal DM, Stiller V, Sperry JS and LA Donovan. (2010) Differing drought tolerance strategies in two desert annuals of hybrid origin . Journal of Experimental Botany 61: 2769-2778

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