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Dr. Ingo Ensminger

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: ingo.ensminger@utoronto.ca
Office Phone: 905-569-4599
Office: DV3050
Lab: DV4033A
Lab Phone: 905-569-4235
ResearchGate: Profile

Mailing Address

Department of Biology
University of Toronto
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


Hometown: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ingo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He studies plant-environment interactions and the mechanisms by which global environmental change impacts metabolism and photosynthesis of plants from molecular to leaf, species and ecosystem level. Current research projects focus on (i)developing tools for monitoring carbon uptake and for high-throughput-phenotyping of climate relevant physiological traits on various spatial and temporal scales using remote sensing and drones, and (ii) on examining the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms that contribute to adaptation and acclimation of trees to warmer and drier climate.

Ingo completed his PhD at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany. After his PhD he was a Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology and at the University of Western Ontario, Canada as EU Marie-Curie fellow. He was a Researcher and group-leader at the Forest Research Institute in Freiburg, Germany, before he joined the University of Toronto in 2010.


PhD (Plant Physiology) Friedrich Schiller-University, Jena, Germany (1996-2000)
Diploma (Biology) Justus Liebig-University Giessen, Germany (1991-1996)


  • Ensminger, I (2020) Fast track diagnostics: Hyperspectral reflectance differentiates disease from drought stress in trees. Tree Physiology https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpaa072
  • Harikumar A, D’Odorico P, Ensminger I (2020) A Fuzzy Approach to individual tree crown delineation in UAV based photogrammetric multispectral data. IGARSS 2020 (accepted)
  • Ostria-Gallardo E, Larama G, Berrios G, Fallard A, Gutiérrez-Moraga A, Ensminger I, Manque P, Bascuñán-Goday L, Bravo LA (2020) Decoding Gene Networks Modules That Explain the Recovery of Hymenoglossum cruentum Cav. After Extreme Desiccation. Frontiers in Plant Sciences 11, 574 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00574
  • Fréchtette, E., Chang, C.Y.Y., Ensminger, I. (2020). Variation in the phenology of photosynthesis among eastern white pine provenances in response to warming. Global Change Biology doi:10.1111/gcb.15150