Professor of Biology
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
David Dalton holds degrees in botany from Duke University (B.S.) and Oregon State University (M.S. and Ph.D.). He teaches Plant Physiology, Plant Communities of the Pacific Northwest, Introductory Biology and seminar courses on Climate Change Biology and Plant Biotechnology. He has been at Reed since 1987. He has also taught several courses in the Masters of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALS) program including Environmental Issues of the Pacific Northwest and The Biological Legacy of Lewis and Clark. He is the author of a popular book on this latter topic (The Natural World of Lewis and Clark). During sabbatical years he has held adjunct faculty positions at Washington State University, The University of Arizona, and Oregon State University. His research interests include biological nitrogen fixation, antioxidants such as vitamin C in plants, and the ecophysiology of northwest forests. He has published over 34 research articles in leading journals and received 23 research grants including 5 major awards from the National Science Foundation.