Ph.D. Professor,
Section of MCD-Biology
School of Biological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-7640
Tel: (512) 471-1589

Photo by Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman

I was trained as a plant physiologist and biochemist at Purdue University, with a Ph.D. dissertation on photosynthetic electron transport under the direction of David W. Krogmann and Fredrick L. Crane. After a postdoctoral position in the Botany Department at Indiana University with Anthony San Pietro, I came to the University of Texas in 1974.  I am currently a professor in the section of Molecular Cell and Developmental (MCD) Biology in the School of Biological Sciences, and am the Director of the Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX), an Organized Research Unit of the College of Natural Sciences.
My early research here mainly focused on examining effects of environmental stress on photosynthesis and related plant processes as modeled in algae. More recently my research has been centered on development of methods that improve the quality of the living cultures in the Culture Collection of Algae and that address environmental and energy problems of national concern.
Other special interests at The University of Texas include:
  • A student pre-health professional study abroad experience (HCiM),
  • National and Local Community outreach programs to share University resources and
 its knowledge base.