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Dr. Ingo Ensminger


Contact Information

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

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


Hometown: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ingo is a 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 tree growth, 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)

Recent Publications

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  • Velasco, V., Ferreira, A., Zaman, S., Noordermeer, D., Ensminger, I., Wegrzyn, J.L. (2022). A long-read and short-read transcriptomics approach provides the first high-quality reference transcriptome and genome annotation for Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir) G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics, jkac304. https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkac304
  • Wong, C., Mercado, L., Arain, M.A., Ensminger, I. (2022). Remotely sensed carotenoid dynamics improve modelling photosynthetic phenology in conifer and deciduous forests. Agricultural and Forest Meterology, 321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.108977
  • Harikumar, A.; D’Odorico, P.; Ensminger, I. (2022) Combining Spectral, Spatial-Contextual, and Structural Information in Multispectral UAV Data for Spruce Crown Delineation. Remote Sens. doi.org/10.3390/rs14092044
  • D’Odorico P, Schönbeck L, Vitali V, Meusburger K, Schaub M, Ginzler C, Zweifel R, Velasco VME, Gisler J, Gessler A, Ensminger I (2021) Drone-based physiological index reveals long-term acclimation and drought stress responses in trees. Plant, Cell & Environment. doi.org/10.1111/pce.14177
  • Porcar-Castell A, Malenovský Z, Magney T, Van Wittenberghe S, Fernández-Marín B, Maignan F, Zhang Y, Maseyk K, Atherton J, Albert LP, Robson TM, Zhao F, Garcia-Plazaola JI, Ensminger I, Rajewicz PA, Grebe S, Tikkanen M, Kellner JR, Ihalainen JA , Rascher  U, Logan B (2021) Chlorophyll-a fluorescence illuminates a path connecting plant molecular biology to Earth-system science. Nature Plants.
  • Harikumar A, Wang.S, Ensminger I (2021) A Band Grouping Based Approach for Phenotypic-Class Mapping of Tree Genotypes Using Spectro-Temporal Information in Hyperspectral Time-series UAV Data. IGARSS 2021.doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9555063
  • Noordermeer D, Velasco VME, Ensminger I (2021). Autumn Warming Delays the Downregulation of Photosynthesis and Does Not Increase the Risk of Freezing Damage in Interior and Coastal Douglas-fir. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 4, 688534. https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2021.688534
  • Chang C, Braeutigam K, Huner NPA, Ensminger, I (2021) Champions of Winter Survival: Cold acclimation and Molecular Regulation of Cold Hardiness in Evergreen Conifers. New Phytologist. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16904 (Invited Tansley Review)
  • 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