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Contact Info

Cody Markelz (an artistic interpretation)
Cody Markelz (an artistic interpretation)

I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Maloof Lab at UC Davis interested in the intersection of biology and computation. I have a background in carbon and nitrogen metabolism resource allocation. I am currently blending this eco-physiological training with computational and quantitative genetics to build a whole plant model of the Shade Avoidance Syndrome in Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica rapa.

Education and Training

Research Interests

  1. Plant Resource Allocation Modeling
  2. Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolic Networks
  3. Shade Avoidance
  4. Climate Change
  5. Genomics and Bioinformatics
  6. Agriculture


Markelz RJC, Lai LX, Vosseler LN*, Leakey ADB (In-press) Transcriptional reprogramming and stimulation of leaf respiration by elevated CO2 concentration is diminished, but not eliminated, under limiting nitrogen supply. Plant, Cell and Environment. Link

Hussain MZ, VanLoocke A, Siebers MH, Ruiz-Vera UM, Markelz RJC, Leakey ADB, ORT DR, Bernacchi CJ (2013) Future carbon dioxide concentration decreases canopy evapotranspiration and soil water depletion by field-grown maize. Global Change Biology. Link

Gillespie KM, Xu F, Richter KT, McGrath JM, Markelz RJC, Ort DR, Leakey ADB, Ainsworth EA (2012) Greater antioxidant and respiratory metabolism in field-grown soybean exposed to elevated O3 under both ambient and elevated CO2. Plant, Cell and Environment. Link

Walters KR, Rupassara S, Markelz RJC, Leakey ADB, Muir WM, Pittendrigh BR (2012) Methamphetamine causes anorexia in Drosophila melanogaster, exhausting metabolic reserves and contributing to mortality. Journal of Toxicological Sciences. Download

Markelz RJC, Strellner RS*, Leakey ADB (2011) Impairment of C4 photosynthesis by drought is exacerbated by limiting nitrogen and ameliorated by elevated [CO2] in maize. Journal of Experimental Botany. Download

Leakey ADB, Ainsworth EA, Barnard SM, Markelz RJC, Ort DR, Placella SA, Rogers A, Smith MD, Sudderth EA, Weston DJ, Wullschleger SD, Yuan S (2009) Gene expression profiling: opening the black box of plant ecosystem responses to global change. Global Change Biology. Link