Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974 – 1979
    State examinations in biology and chemistry, University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 1980 – 1984
    Dissertation on plant physiology, University of Würzburg

  • 1984 – 1986
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution, Stanford, USA

  • 1986 – 1989
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the ecophysiology of plants, Chair for botany (II), University of Würzburg

  • 1989 – 1990
    Research Associate, Department of Environmental, Population and Organismic (EPO) Biology, University of Colorado, USA

  • 1990 – 1994
    Assistant Professor, Department of EPO Biology, University of Colorado

  • 1994
    Visiting Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University

  • 1994 – 1998
    Associate Professor, Department of EPO Biology, University of Colorado

  • 1998
    Appointed Full Professor, Department of EPO Biology, University of Colorado

Selected publications

  • Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III, Mattoo AK (eds.) 2008 Photoprotection, Photoinhibition, Gene Regulation, and Environment. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Volume 21. Springer, Dordrecht

  • Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III 2006 Photoprotection in an ecological context: the remarkable complexity of thermal dissipation. New Phytologist 172: 11-21

  • Amiard V, Mueh KE, Demmig-Adams B, Ebbert V, Turgeon R, Adams WW III 2005 Anatomical and photosynthetic acclimation to the light environment in species with differing mechanisms of phloem loading. PNAS USA 102: 12968-12973

  • Adams WW III, Zarter CR, Ebbert V, Demmig-Adams B 2004 Photoprotective strategies of overwintering evergreens. BioScience 54, 41-49

  • Demmig-Adams B, Adams III WW 2002 Antioxidants in photosynthesis and human nutrition. Science 298, 2149-2153

  • Demmig-Adams B, Adams III WW 2000 Photosynthesis – harvesting sunlight safely. Nature 403, 371-374

  • Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III 1996 The role of xanthophyll cycle carotenoids in the protection of photosynthesis. Trends in Plant Science 1, 21-26



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ARABIDOPSIS-Ecological Genomics of Adaptation to the environment & Novel Genetic Dissection of Temperature Tolerance: To the project

  • Towards algal biofuels: Enhancement of the production of energy-rich compounds by photosynthetic algae: To the project

  • Algal screening: To the project

  • Identifying anatomical/ultra-structural limitations to photosynthetic capacity in leaves: To the project

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Membership in the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2011

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: 2 children (Robert Adams 1990, Melanie Adams 1992), experience in combining family and career


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