Curriculum Vitae

NAME: William A. Pfitsch

ADDRESS:

Department of Biology, Hamilton College

198 College Hill Road

Clinton, NY 13323

(315) 859-4717

email: wpfitsch@hamilton.edu

PERSONAL :

Born: 9 August 1955, Grinnell, Iowa

Married, one child

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Botany, University of Washington, 1986 Dissertation: Draba in the Venezuelan Paramo: Microenvironment, growth and water relations

M.S. Botany, University of Washington, 1981

Thesis: The effect of mountain goats on the subalpine plant communities of Klahhane Ridge, Olympic National Park.

A.B. Biology, Oberlin College, 1977

GRANTS:

Emerson Grant for Collaborative Research, 1998 with Kerry Maxwell (99) "Pollination ecology of paramo Draba / Tropical Ecology"

Emerson Grant for Collaborative Research, 1997 (declined)

Howard Hughes Summer Research Grant, 1995

Howard Hughes Faculty Development Grant, 1993

Howard Hughes Summer Research Grant, 1993

Pew Program in Undergraduate Science Education, Faculty Collaborative Research Grant with Dr. Todd Dawson, Cornell University, 1992

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,Visiting Scientist Fellowship, 1987 (declined)

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Award, 1982

Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research, 1982

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Scholarly Studies Fellowship, 1981

EXPERIENCE:

Associate Professor of Biology, Hamilton College. July 1996 to present

Assistant Professor of Biology, Hamilton College. July 1989 to June 1996.

Visiting Postdoctoral with Dr. R.W. Pearcy, University of California, Davis. Ecology and physiology of adaptations to sunflecks in forest environments. January 1987 to June 1989.

Postdoctoral Research with Dr. L.C. Bliss, University of Washington, Seattle. Tissue water relations of plants along a moisture gradient, Truelove Lowland, Devon Island, N.W.T. Canada. July to November 1986.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

Ecological Society of America

American Institute of Biological Sciences

Sigma Xi

HAMILTON COLLEGE SERVICE:

Committee

 

Academic Year

Environmental Studies Advisory Committee

1993 to present, chair: 1994-98

 

Academic Council

Calendar Committee

CAP curricular review subcommittee on 'Community'

1995-96 to 1997-98

1997-1998

1996-1997 (facilitator)

Committee on Academic Standing

December 1990

thru 1992-93, 1994-95

Ad Hoc Committee: President's Focus on the Environment

Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate Summer Student Research Proposals

1994-95

 

1989-90 thru 1992-93

Health Professions Advisory Committee

1990-91

PUBLICATIONS:

Pfitsch, W. A. 1994. Morphological and physiological radiation in paramo Draba. Pp 151-166 in P. W. Rundel, A. P. Smith, and F. C. Meinzer (eds.), Tropical Alpine Environments: Plant Form and Function. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Pearcy, R. W. and W. A. Pfitsch 1994. The consequences of sunflecks for photosynthesis and growth of forest understory plants. Pp 343 - 359 In E. -D. Schulze and M. M. Caldwell (eds.), Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis. Ecological Studies Vol 100, Springer Verlag.

Pfitsch, W.A. and R.W. Pearcy 1992. Growth and reproductive allocation of Adenocaulon bicolor (Asteraceae) in response to the experimental removal of sunflecks in a redwood forest. Ecology 73:2109-2117.

Pearcy, R.W. and W.A. Pfitsch. 1991. Influence of sunflecks on the d13C of Adenocaulon bicolor plants occurring in contrasting forest understory microsites. Oecologia 86:457-462.

Pfitsch, W.A. and R.W. Pearcy 1989. Daily carbon gain by Adenocaulon bicolor (Asteraceae), a redwood forest understory herb, in relation to its light environment. Oecologia (Berlin) 80:465-470.

Pfitsch, W.A. and R.W. Pearcy. 1989. Steady-state and dynamic photosynthetic response of Adenocaulon bicolor (Asteraceae) in its redwood forest habitat. Oecologia (Berlin) 80:471-476.

Pfitsch, W.A. 1988. Microenvironment and the distribution of two species of Draba (Brassicaceae) in the Venezuelan paramo. Arctic and Alpine Research 20:333-341.

Pfitsch, W.A. and L.C. Bliss 1988. Recovery of net primary production in subalpine meadows of Mount St. Helens following the 1980 eruption. Canadian Journal of Botany 66:989-997.

Pfitsch, W.A. and A.P. Smith 1988. Growth and photosynthesis of Aechmea magdalenae, a terrestrial CAM plant in a tropical moist forest, Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology 4:199-207.

Pfitsch, W.A. and L.C. Bliss 1985. Seasonal forage availability and potential vegetation limitations to a mountain goat population, Olympic National Park. American Midland Naturalist 113: 109-121.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Pfitsch, W. A. Photosynthesis, growth, and herbivory of three native Aster species: the effect of growth light environment.

 Pfitsch, W. A., Corey A. C., Williams, E. H. Mammalian herbivory and compensatory growth in Aster novae-angliae

PAPERS AND POSTERS PRESENTED:

Neufeld, C. M. and W. A. Pfitsch 1996. Light environment and photosynthesis of old-field and forest Aster species. . New York Natural History Conference, April 1996. (poster)

Pfitsch, W. A., E. C. P. Wardenaar, and D. Tilman 1994. Water and nitrogen relations of three common tallgrass prairie perennials in response to experimental drought. Ecological Society of America meetings, August 1994. (poster)

Allen, J. C., W. A. Pfitsch, E. H. Williams 1994. Effects of trampling on a bog community. New York Natural History Conference, April 1994. (poster)

Ungerer M. C. and W. A. Pfitsch 1992. The effects of leaf age and environment on nitrogen content and photosynthetic capacity in an old-field perennial. New York Natural History Conference II, April 1992. (poster)

Pearcy, R.W. and W. A. Pfitsch 1991. Reationship between carbon isotope ratios and sunfleck use by an understory herb. Ecological Society of America meetings, August 1991. (poster)

Pfitsch, W. A. and R. W. Pearcy 1990. The effect of exposure to prolonged sunflecks on water status, gas exchange, and fluorescence of Adenocaulon bicolor (Asteraceae) in a redwood forest understory. Ecological Society of America meetings, July 1990. (poster)

Pfitsch, W.A. and R.W. Pearcy 1988. The importance of sunflecks for growth and photosynthesis of Adenocaulon bicolor (Asteraceae) in a redwood forest understory. Ecological Society of America meetings, August 1988. (poster)

Pfitsch, W.A. 1986. Diurnal water relations of a stemmed rosette, Draba chionophila (Brassicaceae), in the Venezuelan paramo. Ecological Society of America meetings, August 1986. (poster)

Pfitsch, W.A. 1985. Water relations of two species of Draba (Brassicaceae) in the paramo region of the Venezuelan Andes. Ecological Society of America meetings, June 1985.

Pfitsch, W.A. and A.P. Smith 1984. Shade adaptation in Aechmea magdalenae (Bromeliaceae), an obligate CAM plant in the tropical moist forest understory, Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Ecological Society of America meetings, August 1984.

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