Justin McGrath is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center on Food Security and the Environment. His research examines the impacts of environmental change on crop physiology, yield and quality. Recent projects have studied how water status alters crop response to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations, and how nutrient quality changes when crops are grown in elevated carbon dioxide. Ongoing studies will examine how these changes in crop quantity and quality will affect calorie and nutrient intake of populations in food-insecure regions of the world.
Justin received his degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009 where he examined the molecular and physiological basis for changes in crop canopy structure when grown in elevated carbon dioxide, and he received a B.S. from Bradley University in 2004.