Susanne von Caemmerer

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Susanne von Caemmerer
Susanne von Caemmerer Royal Society.jpg
Susanne von Caemmerer at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
Alma mater Australian National University
Scientific career
Fields Plant physiology
Institutions Australian National University
Thesis On the relationship between chloroplast biochemistry and gas exchange of leaves (1981)

Susanne von Caemmerer ForMemRS is a Professor and plant physiologist in the Division of Plant Sciences, Research School of Biology at the Australian National University;[1] and the Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.[2] She has been a leader in developing and refining biochemical models of photosynthesis.[3][4]


von Caemmerer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1976 from Australian National University, she received her PhD in plant physiology in 1981.[3][2][5]

Career and Research[edit]

With Graham Farquhar and Joe Berry, her early work in plant physiology led to the development of a biochemical model of C3 photosynthesis.[6] The model that mathematically describes the balance of photosynthetic limitations between light-driven energy supply and carbon diffusion substrate supply has become a cornerstone of research into photosynthesis at the leaf-level and carbon fluxes at larger scales.

She currently[when?] serves on the editorial board of the journal Plant, Cell & Environment.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

She was awarded the Charles F. Kettering Award in recognition of her excellence in the field of photosynthesis in 2014 by the American Society of Plant Biologists.[8]

She was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science[9] , the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2006[10] and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017. [11]


  1. ^ "von Caemmerer Laboratory". Archived from the original on 2016-07-11.
  2. ^ a b "Susanne von Caemmerer, Deputy Director". ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis. Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  3. ^ a b Farquhar, Graham D.; Caemmerer, Susanne von; Berry, Joseph A. (2001-01-01). "Models of Photosynthesis". Plant Physiology. 125 (1): 42–45. doi:10.1104/pp.125.1.42. ISSN 1532-2548. PMC 1539321. PMID 11154292.
  4. ^ Susanne von Caemmerer publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Susanne von Caemmerer publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Farquhar, G. D.; Caemmerer, S. von; Berry, J. A. (1980-06-01). "A biochemical model of photosynthetic CO2 assimilation in leaves of C3 species". Planta. 149 (1): 78–90. doi:10.1007/BF00386231. ISSN 0032-0935. PMID 24306196.
  7. ^ "Plant, Cell & Environment - Editorial Board". Wiley Online Library. Archived from the original on 2016-04-24.
  8. ^ "Charles F. Kettering Award". American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Archived from the original on 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  9. ^ "Professor Susanne von Caemmerer". Australian Academy of Science. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  10. ^ RSB, Director; (2013-11-19). "Susanne von Caemmerer". Archived from the original on 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  11. ^ Anon (2017). "Susanne Von Caemmerer -biography". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.