Dr Amanda Cavanagh

School of Life Sciences
Dr Amanda Cavanagh

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Biochemical limitations of photosynthesis

Open to supervise

Regulation of photorespiration and photosynthesis during abiotic stress

Open to supervise

Natural Variation in Carbon Assimilation

Open to supervise

Improving photosynthesis to increase yield

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Molecular Cell Biology (BS101)

  • Plant Biology and Ecosystems (BS111)

  • Transferable Skills in Life Sciences (BS143)

  • Plant Molecular Physiology and Genetics (BS234)

  • Professional skills for Ecological and Marine Scientists (BS257)

  • Research Project in Life Sciences (BS832)


Journal articles (14)

Ely, KS., Rogers, A., Agarwal, DA., Ainsworth, EA., Albert, LP., Ali, A., Anderson, J., Aspinwall, MJ., Bellasio, C., Bernacchi, C., Bonnage, S., Buckley, TN., Bunce, J., Burnett, AC., Busch, FA., Cavanagh, A., Cernusak, LA., Crystal-Ornelas, R., Damerow, J., Davidson, KJ., De Kauwe, MG., Dietze, MC., Domingues, TF., Dusenge, ME., Ellsworth, DS., Evans, JR., Gauthier, PPG., Gimenez, BO., Gordon, EP., Gough, CM., Halbritter, AH., Hanson, DT., Heskel, M., Hogan, JA., Hupp, JR., Jardine, K., Kattge, J., Keenan, T., Kromdijk, J., Kumarathunge, DP., Lamour, J., Leakey, ADB., LeBauer, DS., Li, Q., Lundgren, MR., McDowell, N., Meacham-Hensold, K., Medlyn, BE., Moore, DJP., Negrón-Juárez, R., Niinemets, Ü., Osborne, CP., Pivovaroff, AL., Poorter, H., Reed, SC., Ryu, Y., Sanz-Saez, A., Schmiege, SC., Serbin, SP., Sharkey, TD., Slot, M., Smith, NG., Sonawane, BV., South, PF., Souza, DC., Stinziano, JR., Stuart-Haëntjens, E., Taylor, SH., Tejera, MD., Uddling, J., Vandvik, V., Varadharajan, C., Walker, AP., Walker, BJ., Warren, JM., Way, DA., Wolfe, BT., Wu, J., Wullschleger, SD., Xu, C., Yan, Z. and Yang, D., (2021). A reporting format for leaf-level gas exchange data and metadata. Ecological Informatics. 61, 101232-101232

Moore, CE., Meacham-Hensold, K., Lemonnier, P., Slattery, RA., Benjamin, C., Bernacchi, CJ., Lawson, T. and Cavanagh, AP., (2021). The effect of increasing temperature on crop photosynthesis: from enzymes to ecosystems.. Journal of Experimental Botany. 72 (8), 2822-2844

Choquette, NE., Ainsworth, EA., Bezodis, W. and Cavanagh, AP., (2020). Ozone tolerant maize hybrids maintain Rubisco content and activity during long-term exposure in the field.. Plant, Cell and Environment. 43 (12), 3033-3047

Cavanagh, AP., (2020). Big progress for small subunits: new Rubisco mutants in Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany. 71 (19), 5721-5724

Kim, SY., Harvey, CM., Giese, J., Lassowskat, I., Singh, V., Cavanagh, AP., Spalding, MH., Finkemeier, I., Ort, DR. and Huber, SC., (2019). In vivo evidence for a regulatory role of phosphorylation of Arabidopsis Rubisco activase at the Thr78 site. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116 (37), 18723-18731

South, PF., Cavanagh, AP., Liu, HW. and Ort, DR., (2019). Synthetic glycolate metabolism pathways stimulate crop growth and productivity in the field. Science. 363 (6422), eaat9077-eaat9077

Boyd, RA., Cavanagh, AP., Kubien, DS. and Cousins, AB., (2019). Temperature response of Rubisco kinetics inArabidopsis thaliana: thermal breakpoints and implications for reaction mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Botany. 70 (1), 231-242

South, PF., Cavanagh, AP., Lopez-Calcagno, PE., Raines, CA. and Ort, DR., (2018). Optimizing photorespiration for improved crop productivity. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 60 (12), 1217-1230

Głowacka, K., Kromdijk, J., Kucera, K., Xie, J., Cavanagh, AP., Leonelli, L., Leakey, ADB., Ort, DR., Niyogi, KK. and Long, SP., (2018). Photosystem II Subunit S overexpression increases the efficiency of water use in a field-grown crop. Nature Communications. 9 (1), 868-

South, PF., Walker, BJ., Cavanagh, AP., Rolland, V., Badger, M. and Ort, DR., (2017). Bile Acid Sodium Symporter BASS6 Can Transport Glycolate and Is Involved in Photorespiratory Metabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Cell. 29 (4), 808-823

Perdomo, JA., Cavanagh, AP., Kubien, DS. and Galmés, J., (2015). Temperature dependence of in vitro Rubisco kinetics in species of Flaveria with different photosynthetic mechanisms. Photosynthesis Research. 124 (1), 67-75

Cavanagh, AP. and Kubien, DS., (2014). Can phenotypic plasticity in Rubisco performance contribute to photosynthetic acclimation?. Photosynthesis Research. 119 (1-2), 203-214

Jesson, LK., Perley, DS., Cavanagh, AP., Cameron, JAC. and Kubien, DS., (2012). Mating and Fitness Consequences of Sexual System in the Moss Atrichum undulatum s.l. (Polytrichaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences. 173 (1), 16-25

Jesson, LK., Cavanagh, AP. and Perley, DS., (2011). Polyploidy influences sexual system and mating patterns in the moss Atrichum undulatum sensu lato. Annals of Botany. 107 (1), 135-143

Reports and Papers (1)

Boyd, RA., Cavanagh, AP., Kubien, DS. and Cousins, AB., Temperature response of Rubisco kinetics in Arabidopsis thaliana: thermal breakpoints and implications for reaction mechanisms



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