Professor of Biology
Portland, OR 97202
Office: Biology room B242
I have been at Reed College since 1987. My teaching responsibilities include Plant Physiology (Biol 322), Introductory Biology (Biol 101-102) and various seminar courses (Biol 431) such as Forest Canopy Biology, Biological Aspects of Climate Change, and Environmental Physiology of Plants. I usually supervise about 4 senior theses each year on a variety of topics in plant sciences. Some typical examples include:
- Sarah Klain (2003) The Role of Red Alder (Alnus rubra) in Ecosystem Management
- Jillian De Gezelle (2003) The Contribution of the Porella/Nostoc Association to the Nitrogen Budget of an Oregon Old-Growth Forest
- Lisa Fuller (2004) Identification of Glutathione S-Transferase Genes in Soybean (Glycine max) Root Nodules
- Jack Kidney (2005) Detection of Antioxidant Gene Expression in Soybean Root Nodules Using Real-time PCR.
- Leslie Lilly (2006) The Synergy of the Plant-Microbe Interaction in Selenium Bioremediation
- Dan Sullivan (2008) The Use of Two White Rot Fungi - Pleurotus and Trametes - in the Bioremediation of Used Motor Oil
- Hyeon Jeong Kim (2009) Production of Polyhydroxybutyrate in Euphorbia pulcherima
- Natalie Morgenstern (2010) Genetic Manipulations to Increase Vitamin C Levels in the Model Plant Medicago truncatula
- Shreya Shrestha (2010) Efficacy of a Novel Poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) Expression System in Poplar
- Lauren Carley (2012 ) Enhancing Stress Tolerance: Ascorbate Peroxidase Overexpression in Poplar
My thesis students have gone on to various graduate schools such as : Cornell, OR State Univ, Stanford, Univ. of GA, Univ. of AZ, UC-Davis, Univ. of UT, Univ. of NC-Chapel Hill, Univ. of NE-Lincoln, and Univ. of WA.