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Charilaos Yiotis

Yiotis photoFunding body: ERC

Charilaos Yiotis studied Biology at the University of Patras, Greece and received his B.Sc. degree in 2005. His undergraduate dissertation was the result of a 2-year research study on the photosynthetic attributes of green primary stems. After his graduation, he got engaged in several post-graduate research projects, which mainly investigated the anatomical and physiological differences between foliar and non-foliar photosynthetic organs and he obtained his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Patras, Greece in 2012. His PhD research involved the utilization of several microscopic, chlorophyll florescence and gas exchange techniques, which revealed the peculiar anatomy and the innately high photorespiration and cyclic electron flow rates in the herbaceous petioles/pedicels of Zantedeschia aethiopica. Moreover, the investigation of the semi-woody stems of Dianthus caryophyllus provided evidence for a potential active decarboxylation of C4-organic acids coming up from the roots with the transpiration stream.

Charilaos is currently a European Research Council (ERC) funded post-doctoral research fellow at UCD. Being a part of the OXYEVOL team, his research focuses on how simulated changes in Earth’s atmospheric composition at different intervals in Earth history influence stomatal behaviour and photosynthetic physiology in different plant groups. In this context, he is applying a variety of combined physiological techniques on plants grown in a wide range of atmospheric O2 and CO2 concentrations at the P√ČAC facility.


UCD Plant Palaeoecology and Palaeobiology Group Updated: July 2013
Professor J.C. McElwain