(Demmig-Adams, Barbara - 2013) -- Professor of Distinction uri icon



  • Professor Demmig-Adams’ research focuses on photosynthesis and photoprotection of plants in a wide variety of environmental conditions. She studies the ecology, physiology, and anatomy of plants in order to determine how plant mechanisms and genes help plants adapt and survive in extreme environmental conditions. She is a previous recipient of the prestigious Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, and with that support she and her research team discovered a new process involving carotenoids by which plants and trees protect themselves from the damaging effects of intense sunlight.
    In addition to her exceptional scholarly record, Professor Demmig-Adams is a distinguished teacher who serves as the Director of the Ecology and Environmental Biology Honors Program. She also sponsors undergraduate research in human diet-gene interactions and has been honored with the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching award. In 2008, she was named as a CU-LEAD Scholar, which is awarded to professors who make a significant and positive impact on the success of their students at CU-Boulder.

year awarded

  • 2013