Rebecca Dewhirst is a postdoctoral researcher in Climate and Ecosystems Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her background is in plant biochemistry and biochemical ecology. This has included using lab-based analytical biochemistry techniques to study the plant cell wall and volatile organic compounds, as well as participating in field studies to investigate larger-scale ecosystem properties.
She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK in 2015 researching as a part of the Edinburgh Cell Wall Group. Her thesis focused on ascorbate metabolism and interactions with the plant cell wall. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in the wildfire lab at the University of Exeter, UK researching the biochemical determinants of plant flammability in fire-prone ecosystems.
Here at LBNL she is working on the PECTIN project, investigating the biological source of plant-emitted atmospheric methanol and acetic acid and the significance of methyl and acetyl esters within the cell wall.