User:Cody Markelz

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Cody Markelz (an artistic interpretation)
  • Cody Markelz
  • University of California-Davis
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I am a currently Postdoctoral Scholar in the Maloof Lab at UC Davis interested in the intersection of biology and computation. I have a background in carbon and nitrogen metabolism resource allocation. I am currently blending this eco-physiological training with computational and quantitative genetics to build a whole plant model of the Shade Avoidance Syndrome in Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica rapa.


  • 2012, PhD, Plant Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2007, BS, Integrative Biology, Minor Chemistry. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  1. Plant Resource Allocation Modelling
  2. Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolism
  3. Shade Avoidance
  4. Climate Change
  5. Genomics and Bioinformatics
  6. Agriculture


Hussain MZ, VanLoocke A, Siebers MH, Ruiz-Vera UM, Markelz RJC et al. (2013) Future carbon dioxide concentration decreases canopy evapotranspiration and soil water depletion by field-grown maize. Global Change Biology. Link

Gillespie KM, Xu F, Richter KT, McGrath JM, Markelz RJC (2012) Greater antioxidant and respiratory metabolism in field-grown soybean exposed to elevated O3 under both ambient and elevated CO2. Plant, Cell and Environment. Link

Walters KR, Rupassara S, Markelz RJC, et al. (2012) Methamphetamine causes anorexia in Drosophila melanogaster, exhausting metabolic reserves and contributing to mortality. Journal of Toxicological Sciences. Download

Markelz RJC, Strellner RS*, Leakey ADB (2011) Impairment of C4 photosynthesis by drought is exacerbated by limiting nitrogen and ameliorated by elevated [CO2] in maize. Journal of Experimental Botany. Download

Leakey ADB, Ainsworth EA, Barnard SM, Markelz RJC et al. (2009) Gene expression profiling: opening the black box of plant ecosystem responses to global change. Global Change Biology. Link

  • *Undergraduate Co-Author