My study and work experiences in plant science research and agriculture in the Midwest and abroad, technical and social skills, first-hand understanding of research science and outreach make me a handy person to have around!

I’ve done primary research on corn and soybean in the US Midwest, wheat in Victoria, Australia, and acacia trees in the savannas of South Africa, as well as working in the agriculture software industry for the last two years communicating relevant scientific knowledge internally and externally to experts in my field, collaborating fields, software developers, and lay audiences. 

I combine ravenous research habits and strong writing skills with a knack for translating science speak into language that everybody understands, whether the project is converting cutting edge science into pseudocode for developers, getting sales personnel up to speed, writing outreach materials, or speaking to large groups. 

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Botany, Environmental Plant Biology, Food Security, Physiology



Betzelberger AM. (February 15, 2017). The value of long-running field experiments.

Betzelberger AM. (January 4, 2017). Green industry, pink boots: women in sustainable agriculture.

Betzelberger AM. (January 11, 2017). Grab agriculture by the STEM: women in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Betzelberger AM, Nackley LL, Skowno A, West AG, Bond WJ, Ripley BS, Midgely GF. (in prep). Ecophysiological mechanisms of atmospheric CO2 and drought as drivers of land cover change by African savanna trees.

Betzelberger AM, Ripley BS. (in prep). The Subtropical maize (Zea mays) responses to increasing atmospheric CO2: current knowledge and opportunities for future research.

Justin M. McGrath, Amy M. Betzelberger, Shaowen Wang, Eric Shook, Xin-Guang Zhu, Stephen P. Long, and Elizabeth A. Ainsworth. An analysis of ozone damage to historical maize and soybean yields in the United States. PNAS 2015 112 (46) 14390-14395; published ahead of print November 2, 2015, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1509777112

Bishop KA, Betzelberger AM, Long SP, Ainsworth EA. (2014). Is there potential to adapt soybean (Glycine max Merr.) to future [CO2]? An analysis of the yield response of 18 genotypes in Free Air CO2 Enrichment. Plant, Cell and Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12443

Doty KF, Betzelberger AM, Kocot, KM, Cook, ME. (2014). Immunofluorescence localization of the tubulin cytoskeleton during cell division and cell growth in members of the Coleochaetales II. Cell growth. Journal of Phycology. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12194

Betzelberger AM, Yendrek CR, Leisner CP, Nelson RL, Ainsworth EA. (2013). Ozone Exposure-Response for U.S. Soybean Cultivars: Linear Reductions in Photosynthetic Potential, Biomass and Yield. Plant Physiology. DOI:10.1104/pp.112.205591.

Betzelberger AM. (2012). Current and future consequences of tropospheric ozone on soybean biochemistry, physiology, and yield. Dissertation.

VanLoocke A, Betzelberger AM, Ainsworth EA, Bernacchi CJ. (2012). Rising ozone concentrations decrease soybean evapotranspiration and water use efficiency while increasing canopy temperature. New Phytologist. 195(1):164-171.

Betzelberger AM, Gillespie KM, McGrath JM, Koester RP, Nelson RL, Ainsworth EA (2010). Effects of chronic elevated ozone concentration on antioxidant capacity, photosynthesis and seed yield of 10 soybean cultivars. Plant, Cell and Environment. 33: 1569-1581.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education