Ursula Ruiz Vera is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on the physiological responses of plants to different environmental conditions. For the RIPE project, she is evaluating the carbon storage capacity of two tobacco cultivars under varying carbon dioxide concentrations and soil nitrogen levels to understand the climate change effects in plant biological processes.
Ursula received her bachelor’s degree in biological science from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru, and went on to earn her doctorate in plant biology from Illinois. Prior to joining the RIPE team, Ruiz Vera was a postdoctoral researcher at the Energy Biosciences Institute where she collaborated with other researchers to improve productivity predictions for Miscanthus. She has been recognized by the Plant Biology Graduate Research Enhancement Fund, as well as several other awards. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals: Global Change Biology, Plant Physiology, and Plant, Cell & Environment.