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Sarabeth Buckley

Sarabeth Buckley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Cereal symbioses

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Dr. Sarabeth Buckley is a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology and joined the University of Cambridge Department of Plant Sciences in 2020. Her area of expertise is in finding creative ways to enhance plant growth with a focus on molecular engineering and plant physiology. Dr. Buckley completed her Ph.D. as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA while a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University. Her Ph.D. focused on enhancing growth in rooftop gardens using indoor air from exhaust vents on rooftops as well as engineering a strain of bacteria to produce a plant growth enhancing molecule that could substitute traditional fertilizers. Currently, her postdoctoral project focuses on understanding important growth enhancing relationships between soil microorganisms and plants, particularly mycorrhizae. She is studying one of the first stages of communication between mycorrhizae and rice and understanding the exchange of chemical signals. Sarabeth also loves to go social dancing and create elaborately designed, often themed baked goods.


S. Nangle, M. Ziesack, S. Buckley, D. Trivedi, D. Loh, D. Nocera, P. Silver. Valorization of CO2 through lithoautotrophic production of sustainable chemicals in Cupriavidus necator. Nature Biotechnology. April 2020.

Z. Werbin*, L. Heidari*, S. Buckley*, P. Brochu, L. Butler, C. Connolly, L. Houttuijn Bloemendaal, T. McCabe, T. Miller, L. Hutyra. (2020). A tree-planting decision support tool for urban heat island mitigation. PLOS One.

*Co-first authors S. Buckley, S. Ahmed, T. Griffin, C. Orians. Effect of Varying Intensities of Precipitation on the Total Phenolic Content of Spinacia oleracea. Journal of Crop Improvement. 2020.

S. Ahmed, S. Buckley, A.E. Stratton, F. Asefaha, C. Butler, M. Reynolds, C. Orians. (2017). Sedum Groundcover Variably Enhances Performance and Phenolic Concentrations of Perennial Culinary Herbs in an Urban Edible Green Roof. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. doi: 10.1080/21683565.2017.1279703

S. Ahmed, J.R. Stepp, C. Orians, T. Griffin, C. Matyas, A. Robbat, S. Cash, D. Xue, L. Chunlin, U. Unachuckwu, S. Buckley, D. Small, E. Kennelly. (2014). Effects of Extreme Climate Events on Tea (Camellia sinensis) Functional Quality Validate Indigenous Farmer Knowledge and Sensory Preferences in Tropical China. PLOS ONE. 9(10): e109126.

S. Ahmed, C. Orians, T. Griffin, S. Buckley, U. Unachukwu, A.E. Stratton, J.R. Stepp, A. Robbat Jr., S. Cash, and E. Kennelly. (2014). Effects of water availability and pest pressures on tea (Camellia sinensis) growth and functional quality. AoB PLANTS. 6: plt054doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plt054.