Christopher Strock

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
Christopher Strock
222 Tyson Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2313


  1. Ph.D. Plant Biology, The Huck Institute of the Life Sciences, Penn State University (2013-2019)
  2. B.S. Biology, B.S. Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College (2009-2013)


I investigate architectural and anatomical root traits in maize (Zea mays) and their integrated effect on water acquisition using in silico modeling, laser ablation tomography, and laboratory physiology techniques. Architectural traits of interest include crown root number, which has effects on metabolic costs and conductance capacity of root systems, as well as metaxylem vessel morphology, which has impacts on water transport and use under drought stress.


Strock CF, Schneider HM, Galindo-Castaneda T, Hall BT, Van Gansbeke B, Mather DE, Roth MG, Chilvers MI, Guo X, Brown KB, Lynch JP (2019) Laser ablation tomography for visualization of root colonization by edaphic organisms. Journal of Experimental Botany, 70: 5327-5342

Strock CF, Burridge J, Massas ASF, Beaver J, Beebe S, Camilo SA, Fourie D, Jochua C, Miguek M, Miklas PN, Mndolwa E, Nchimbi-Msolla S, Polania J, Porch TG, Rosas JC, Trapp JJ, Lynch JP (2019) Seedling Root Architecture and its Relationship With Seed Yield Across Diverse Environments in Phaseolus vulgaris. Field Crops Research, 237: 53-64

Strock CF, de la Riva LM, Lynch JP (2018) Reduction in Root Secondary Growth as a Strategy for Phosphorus Acquisition. Plant Physiology 176: 691-703

Olson-Manning CF, Strock CF, Mitchell-Olds T (2015) Flux Control in a Defense Pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana Is Robust to Environmental Perturbations and Controls Variation in Adaptive Traits. G3-Genes Genomes Genetics 5: 2421-2427

Research Interests

Roots Lab