Alan Knapp is a professor and senior ecologist in the Department of Biology. His research focuses on traditional leaf-level gas exchange, plant water relations and energy balance studies with a specific focus on the elucidation of ecophysiological mechanisms that drive ecological processes and reflect evolutionary change.
Knapp and his lab are involved with the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research program. Recently, Knapp was a keynote speaker at the Rothschild Seminar on Global Change in Israel and at the OpenScienceConference on Climate Extremes and Biogeochemical Cycles in Austria. In 2013, Knapp chaired an expert panel review at the Institute of Applied Ecology in China.
Knapp received his B.Sc. in biology from Idaho State University in 1978. He then studied botany at the University of Wyoming, earning his M.Sc. in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1988. Knapp is involved in several professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Botanical Society of America and the Ecological Society of America.