Richard B. Peterson

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, USA


Richard B. Peterson has made training in biochemistry and physiology with experience related to both the light and dark reactions of photosynthesis. He had extensive experience with measurements of gas exchange and light utilization as well as the biophysical parameters of electron transport in photosynthetic systems. His specific research interests are among the application of chlorophyll fluorescence to regulation of Photosystem II quantum yield and prediction of linear electron transport rate; the use of in vivo absorbance changes at 820 nm as a probe of Photosystem I function; C4 photosynthetic physiology and specficially photorespiration in maize leaves; characterization of effects of mutational loss of the Photosystem II antenna protein LHCB7; structure-function relationships of the psbS protein and its role in nonphotochemical quenching. He received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1971), and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976). He served as a Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Peter Wolk at Michigan State University (1976–1978), a Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Bacon Ke at C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory (1978–1979). He also has been working as a Full Scientist since 1992 at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where he served previously as an Assistant Scientist (1979–1982) and as an Associate Scientist (1982–1992). He had sabbatic leaves in the Laboratories of Dr. David Walker (Sheffield University, UK, 1987) and Dr. Agu Laisk (Tartu University, Estonia, 1991, 2000, 2002, 2007).

Biography Updated on 29 December 2011

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