Mirindi Dusenge

Assistant Professor
Flemington 112


Many terrestrial systems around the world are experiencing environmental conditions that they have never been exposed to in millennia largely due to ongoing increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and associated climate warming. These global change factors (temperature and associated 'atmospheric drying', and carbon dioxide) affect the physiology of plants, separately and interactively. Therefore, improved understanding of plant physiological responses to these global change factors has important implications on accurate predictions of terrestrial carbon storage and associated climate feedbacks, biodiversity and associated ecosystem services, food security, and global economy in future climates. My research examines specifically how photosynthesis and leaf respiration acclimate to these climate change variables in key boreal and tropical tree species, boreal peatland shrub species, and crops (wheat) as these processes are important in carbon fixation and storage, and plant growth. I use a range of approaches including controlled experiments on seedlings in greenhouses and semi-controlled experiments on mature trees in the field, and meta-analyses of existing literature. Through collaboration with vegetation modellers, my research also helps to improve the representation of these processes in global vegetation models. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge on plant ecophysiology through my teaching and student mentorship.


The full list of my publications can be found on my Google Scholar page. 


B.Sc. Biology, National University of Rwanda (2011)
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015)
Ph.D. Biology, The University of Western Ontario, Canada (2020)
EU Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2020-2021)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Exeter, UK (2021-2022)
Postdoctoral Associate, The University of Western Ontario, Canada (2022-2023)


Biology 3301 - Physiological Plant Ecology, Fall
Biology 3991 - Global Change Biology, Winter
Biology 1001 - Foundations of Biology, Winter


Broadly, my research focuses on improving our understanding of the impacts of climate change (warming, elevated CO2, and drought) on plant carbon metabolism (photosynthesis and leaf respiration) and growth of tropical trees, boreal trees and shrubs, and crops (specifically wheat).