Ensminger Lab

Molecular Plant Physiology,
Global Change Biology & Photosynthesis

Department of Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Ingo Ensminger

Research on the Biology of Trees, Global Change & Photosynthesis

Our goal: A better understanding of tree responses to environmental change for productive and resilient forests – From molecular to leaf, species and ecosystem levels.

The importance of photosynthesis and carbon uptake in defining the extent and scale of predicted future global environmental change is a major theme of our research. We investigate interactions of temperature, photoperiod, water availability and biotic stresses, and how metabolic imbalances caused by these stresses are used as signals for the regulation of primary carbon and isoprenoid metabolism of trees.

We are located in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Areas of Research

See the list of current projects and find more details about our ongoing research

Environmental stress physiology of plants

How do plants adapt and acclimate to environmental change?

Tomorrows forests

How will heat, drought and pests impact trees in the future? Will warming increase the forest carbon sink?

Response of photosynthesis and carbon metabolism to low temperature

Research in conifers to understand low temperature acclimation and freezing resistance

Lab News

New publication from Aravind

A. Harikumar, P. D’Odorico and I. Ensminger, “A Fuzzy Approach to Individual Tree Crown Delineation in Uav Based Photogrammetric Multispectral Data,” IGARSS 2020 doi: 10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9324303. Nice job Aravind!
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Congratulations! Devin defends his MSc thesis

On Friday January 08, 2021 Devin defended his MSc thesis. The committee was impressed by the breadth of methods Devin had used and how he integrated the various types of data to evaluate how conifers manage water and temperature stress. Well done Devin!
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Congratulations Dr. Wong: Chris defends his PhD thesis

After his research seminar and final oral exam, Chris follows the UTM Biology tradition and adds his signature on one of the stem discs in the UTM Biology hallway. Well done! Chris successfully defended his PhD thesis, but due to the Covid 19 situation, this was a very different event. Just a few days before UofT had ended all in-person classroom events. …
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Appointments & Affiliations
UTM Dept. of Biology
UTM Department of Biology
Cell & Systems Biology
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Center for Global Change Science
School of the Environment

Healthy forests for a
healthy planet