Ian T. Baldwin

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Ian Baldwin

Ian Thomas Baldwin (* 1958) is an American ecologist.

Scientific career[edit]

Baldwin studied biology and chemistry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and graduated 1981 with an AB. In 1989 he graduated with a PhD in chemical ecology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. He was an Assistant (1989), Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1996) in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. In 1996 he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology where he heads the Department of Molecular Ecology.[1] In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 2002 he founded the International Max Planck Research School at the Max Planck Institute in Jena.[2]

Baldwin's scientific work is devoted to understanding the traits that allow plants to survive in the real world. To achieve this, he has developed a molecular toolbox for the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata (coyote tobacco),[3][4] and a graduate program that trains "genome-enabled field biologists" to combine genomic and molecular genetic tools with field work to understand the genes that matter for plant-herbivore, -pollinator, -plant, -microbial interactions in nature.[5] He has also been driver behind the Open Access publication efforts of the Max Planck Society.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected Publications[edit]

  • Schultz, J. C., Baldwin, I. T. (1982): Oak leaf quality declines in response to defoliation by Gypsy moth larvae. Science, 217, 149–151.doi:10.1126/science.217.4555.149
  • Karban, R., Baldwin, I. T. (1997): Induced responses to herbivory. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-42496-5
  • Kessler, A., Baldwin, I. T. (2001): Defensive function of herbivore-induced plant volatile emissions in nature. Science, 291(5511), 2141–2144.doi:10.1126/science.291.5511.2141
  • Kessler, A., Halitschke, R., Baldwin, I. T. (2004): Silencing the jasmonate cascade: Induced plant defenses and insect populations. Science, 305(5684), 665–668.doi:10.1126/science.1096931
  • Baldwin, I. T., Halitschke, R., Paschold, A., von Dahl, C. C., Preston, C. A. (2006): Volatile signaling in plant-plant interactions: "Talking trees" in the genomics era. Science, 311(5762), 812–815.doi:10.1126/science.1118446
  • Kessler, D., Gase, K., Baldwin, I. T. (2008): Field experiments with transformed plants reveal the sense of floral scents. Science, 321(5893), 1200–1202.doi:10.1126/science.1160072
  • Kessler, D., Diezel, C., Baldwin, I. T. (2010): Changing pollinators as a means of escaping herbivores. Current Biology, 20, 237–242.doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.11.071
  • Allmann, S., Baldwin, I. T. (2010): Insects betray themselves in nature to predators by rapid isomerization of green leaf volatiles. Science, 329, 1075–1078.doi:10.1126/science.1191634


  1. ^ MPI for Chemical Ecology Website. Ice.mpg.de. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
  2. ^ The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques- IMPRS Home Page
  3. ^ Talking Plants Discover Magazine, April 1, 2002
  4. ^ Abbott, Alison (2010). "Plant biology: Growth industry". Nature 468 (7326): 886–8. doi:10.1038/468886a. PMID 21164459. 
  5. ^ Interaction of plants with their environment Research Perspectives 2010+ of the Max Planck Society
  6. ^ Editorial team announced for 'eLife', the new open access journal to be launched next year. MPG News. November 7, 2011
  7. ^ ISCE Home Page. Chemecol.org. Retrieved on October 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Using Transformed Native Plants to Study Ecological Interactions Tansley Lecture 2009
  9. ^ Max Planck scientists very pleased about ERC grants. MPG News. January 30, 2012
  10. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected News from the National Academy of Sciences, April 30, 2013
  11. ^ Pioneer of ecological genetics" News Release, EurekAlert, September 6, 2013

External links[edit]

Webpage of the Department of Molecular Ecology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology