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David Dalton
Professor of Biology
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202

Office: Biology room B242
Phone: 503-517-7473
Email: david.dalton@reed.edu


1986 Ph.D. Oregon State University (Botany)
1976 M.S.Oregon State University (Botany)
1973 B.S.Duke University (Botany and Plant Pathology)

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.