Rebecca A. Slattery

Rebecca A. Slattery

Science Editor


PhD in Plant Biology, 2014. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dissertation title: Analyzing variation in plant canopy conversion efficiency and assessing canopy and leaf photosynthetic efficiency in soybean with reduced chlorophyll content.
BS in Biology, 2009. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), Stevens Point, WI.


Freelance Science Editor, Plant Editors. (2017-present). Edit scientific manuscripts in the field of Plant Biology.
Freelance Science Editor, American Journal Experts. (2017-present). Edit manuscripts for non-native English speakers in the fields of Plant Biology and Agriculture.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. (2014-2018). Studied the effects of management and climate on crop photosynthesis and productivity.
Graduate Research Assistant, UIUC. (2010-2014). Analyzed light use efficiency in light-green soybean leaves and canopies.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, UIUC. (2013). Biological Sciences.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, UIUC. (2012). Plant and Animal Anatomy and Physiology.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, UWSP. (2007-2009).


Slattery RA, Walker BJ, Weber APM, Ort DR (2018). The impacts of fluctuating light on crop performance. Plant Physiology 176: 990-1003.
Walker B, Drewry DT, Slattery RA, VanLoocke A, Young BC, Ort DR (2018). Chlorophyll can be reduced in crop canopies with little penalty to photosynthesis. Plant Physiology 176: 1247-1261.
Slattery RA, VanLoocke AD, Bernacchi CJ, Zhu XG, Ort DR (2017). Photosynthesis, light use efficiency, and yield of reduced-chlorophyll soybean mutants in field conditions. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: article 549, pp 1-19.
Siebers MH, Slattery RA, Yendrek CR, Locke AM, Drag D, Ainsworth EA, Bernacchi CJ, Ort DR (2017). Simulated heat waves during maize reproductive stages alter reproductive growth but have no lasting effect when applied during vegetative stages. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 240: 162-170.
Slattery RA, Grennan AK, Sivaguru M, Sozzani R, Ort DR (2016). Light sheet microscopy reveals more gradual light attenuation in light-green versus dark-green soybean leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany 67: 4697-4709.
Slattery RA, Ort DR (2015). Photosynthetic energy conversion efficiency: Setting a baseline for gauging future improvements in important food and biofuel crops. Plant Physiology 168: 383-392.
Slattery RA, Ainsworth EA, Ort DR. (2013). A meta-analysis of responses of canopy photosynthetic conversion efficiency to environmental factors reveals a major cause of yield gap. Journal of Experimental Botany 64: 3723-3733.
Rosenthal DM, Slattery RA, Miller RE, Grennan AK, Cavagnaro TR, Fauquet CM, Gleadow RM, Ort DR. (2012). Cassava about-FACE: Greater than expected yield stimulation of cassava (Manihot esculenta) by future CO2 levels. Global Change Biology 18: 2661-2675.
Slattery RA, Pritzl S, Reinwand K, Trautschold B, Palmer RG, Sandhu D. (2011). Mapping eight male-sterile, female sterile soybean mutants. Crop Science 51: 231-236.


Member, American Society of Plant Biologists (Mid-West; Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology).
Member, International Society of Photosynthesis Research.