Dalton portrait

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

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, Climate Change Biology, and Plant Biotechnology. I usually supervise about 4 senior theses each year on a variety of topics in plant sciences. Some typical examples include:

  • Elana Peach-Fine (2009) The Role of Soybean Biotin Production on Poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate Degradation and Rhizobial Root Nodules
  • Hyeon Jeong Kim (2009) Production of Polyhydroxybutyrate in Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Shreya Shrestha (2010) Studying the Efficacy of a Novel Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Expression System
  • Natalie Caulkins (2010) Inducibility of a GUS Reporter Gene in Populus
  • Amy (Lisa) Schomaker (2011) Ozone-related Antioxidants in Douglas-fir
  • Lauren Carley (2012) Enhancing Stress Tolerance: Ascorbate Peroxidase Overexpression in Poplar
  • Daniel Lybrand (2013) Localization of Antioxidant Enzymes in Nitrogen-fixing Roots of Cycads
  • Ian McCahill (2013) Stress Tolerances in Transgenic Poplar With Enhanced Vitamin C Content
  • Phoebe Young (2014) Enhanced Drought Tolerance in vtc2-transgenic Poplar
  • Miranda Lyons-Cohen (2014) Examination of Stress Tolerance and Nitrogen Fixation in Medicago truncatula
  • Jacob Robertson (2015) Effects of Invasive Ivy (Hedera helix) on Soil Microflora
  • Alejandro Anasal (2015) Climate Change and the Forests of the Pacific Northwest
  • Adriana Escobedo-Land (2015) Biofertilizer Potential of Oregon Cyanobacterial Strains

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.