Marija Popovic receives funding in the amount of 13.700€ from the University of Bonn for her postdoctoral project
The Argelander Starter-Kit Grant is a central pillar of the University of Bonn’s Argelander Program for Young Academics and is designed to support young and emerging researchers in their academic careers after their PhDs. This grant especially helps postdocs fund material resources to support research activities and a comprehensive advisory program for writing a third-party funding proposal and preparing for an academic career. The program also offers individual consultations to fully prepare postdoctoral researchers for the continuation of their academic careers.
Wilhelm Bessel Award: Plant biologist from the US will conduct research at the
University of Bonn next year
What effects does environmentally induced
“stress” have on crops, and how can these effects be predicted?
Biologist Prof. Dr. Amy Marshall-Colon is working on this question at the
University of Illinois in the US – and soon also as a guest professor at the DFG-funded
Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop
Production” at the University of Bonn. For the cooperation with her colleagues
and the planned research stay in Bonn, she now receives a Friedrich Wilhelm
Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, endowed with
45,000 euros. To conduct her research, Amy Marshall-Colon will be in Bonn from
May 15-August 15, 2022.
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards around 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
Research Awards to internationally renowned researchers from abroad in
recognition of their outstanding research achievements. The award bears the
name of the German astronomer and mathematician Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
(1784-1846) and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
recipient Amy Marshall-Colon develops models that show how plants respond to environmental
perturbations considering their genetic characteristics. “Amy
Marshall-Colon’s research activities are outstanding, particularly her
achievements in developing mathematical multiscale models to analyze gene-by-environment
interactions,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, Principal Investigator at
the Cluster who has nominated her for the award. The agricultural scientist has
already collaborated with the plant biologist.
things, Marshall-Colon investigates how plants take up nitrogen fertilizer even
under higher temperatures due to climate change, which then does not end up as
a pollutant in the air or water. To that end, she is exploring the underlying
genetic and molecular mechanisms. Her models are constructed to lead to a
better understanding of plant growth processes and to support the breeding of
crops that can withstand stressful environments.
Research field is of interest to various
years, Amy Marshall-Colon has already given various lectures in the context of the
PhenoRob Seminar Series and the Cluster’s flagship conference DigiCrop 2020.
“What’s special is that her presentations resonated not only with a small
group of specialists but also with a wider audience of scientists from diverse
disciplines,” says Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Nora Berning. For her,
it is clear that Marshall-Colon’s research topic attracts researchers from
various fields: genetics, plant biology and crop physiology as well as geodesy,
photogrammetry and robotics, soil sciences, and agricultural policy. All these
disciplines are represented within PhenoRob – with the overarching goal of
exploring new ways to grow crops and manage fields sustainably.
About the person:
Marshall-Colon is Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois in
the US and previously conducted research at New York University and Purdue
University in West Lafayette (USA). She has already received numerous grants
and awards and has published her research results in high-ranking journals for
According to the international ranking “Highly Cited Researchers 2020”, one of our Principal Investigators Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert belongs to the top 1% of researchers worldwide. His scientific papers and his academic work are leading the way in his field of Agricultural Sciences and influence the research of numerous scientists around the world. You can read about the full ranking here and review the publications of Prof. Dr. Ewert here.
The Rectorate of the University of Bonn has implemented an International Scientific Advisory Board for the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob. All proposed members have accepted this invitation and will from now on support the Cluster in an advisory capacity.
Eva Kröner joined Forschungszentrum Jülich and University of Bonn as Professor for Pedogenetic Modelling in July 2020. In this interview, she highlights the relevance of her research to understand soil and root processes and talks about her expectations of working in the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob.