Dr. Letitia Da Ros
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow & PhD Candidate (May 2018 – Dec 2018, PhD 2013 – May 2018)
Resilient Forests (RES-FOR) – Evaluating wood quality traits and their associations with aridity in white spruce and lodgepole pine breeding populations in central Alberta.
Phytoremediation of Phosphorus – Phosphorus uptake and remobilization in hybrid poplar and willow. A potential solution to minimize seasonal soluble phosphorus inputs from water runoff via vegetative filtering and growth.
- Multi-omics data integration
- Comparative genomics and pathway analyses
- Abiotic stress response and tolerance
- Nutrient resorption
PhD Forestry – Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2018)
BSc – Major in Applied Plant and Soil Sciences (Honours), UBC (2013)
Selected Publications and Conference Presentations
Da Ros LM* & Mansfield SD (2020) Biotechnological mechanism for improving plant remobilization of phosphorus during leaf senescence. Plant biotechnology journal, 18(2), 470-478.
Da Ros LM*, Soolanayakanahally RY & Mansfield SD (2020) Discerning the effects of phosphate status on the metabolism of hybrid poplar. Tree physiology, 40(2), 158-169.
Da Ros LM*, Soolanayakanahally RY, Guy RD, Mansfield SD (2018) Phosphorus storage and resorption in riparian tree species: Environmental applications of poplar and willow. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 149, 1 – 8.
Soolanayakanahally R, Da Ros L*, Mansfield SD (2018) Mitigating the downstream effects of excess soil phosphorus through cultivar selection and increased foliar resorption. Woody Crops International Conference, Rhinelander WI, USA. (Oral presentation) July 23- 25.
Da Ros, L* and Mansfield, SD (2017) Constitutive expression of an exogenous PHT1 family member in hybrid poplar. Plants from Sea to Sky CSPB/CSHS Joint Meeting, Vancouver BC. (Poster presentation) July 4-7.
Awards, Grants, Scholarships
- Mary and David Macaree Fellowship, UBC (2016)
- VanDusen Graduate Fellowship in Forestry, UBC (2015)
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, UBC (2014/15)
- Faculty of Forestry Strategic Recruitment Fellowship, UBC (2013/14)