Jim Coleman

Jim Coleman

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Professor of Biological Sciences

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

(VCAC)-Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs

Phone: 479-575-5459

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Jim Coleman became the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2017. He is a plant physiological ecologist and academic administrator with a broad background that crosses multiple disciplines.

As the chief academic officer of the university, he is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University of Arkansas’ strategic plan and oversight of all of the university’s academic operations. The units reporting to the provost include colleges and schools, academic units and several administrative units.

Before coming to the University of Arkansas he served as the provost and professor of biology at Northern Arizona University, dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences and biology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, vice provost for research and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University, vice chancellor for research and biology professor at the University of Missouri and vice president for research and business development and professor of earth and ecosystem sciences at the Desert Research Institute. He served as program officer for ecological and evolutionary physiology at the National Science Foundation and began his career as assistant and then associate professor of biology at Syracuse University.

Jim earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy and Master of Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in forestry from the University of Maine and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford and Harvard universities. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 papers that together have been cited over 7,000 times, including two papers in the journal Nature. He has been principal or co-principal investigator on over $40 million of grants and cooperative agreements.

My most recent focus has been the ecological effects of environmental change.  Past research has focused on the causes and consequences of developmental, ecological and evolutionary variation in physiological, morphological and biochemical responses of plants to single and multiple abiotic stresses; whether variation in plant responses to environmental variables results from optimization of costs and benefits; and how variation in stress responses affects the interaction of plants with other organisms (particularly insect herbivores and fungal pathogens). My laboratory also examined the physiological and evolutionary ecology of low molecular weight plant heat shock proteins (hsps), and we were the first lab to demonstrate a physiological function of these hsps in protecting photosynthesis during heat stress.

University of Maine, Orono, ME.  May 1982. B.S. (with highest distinction).  Major: Forestry.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.  September, 1982- June, 1983.  Dept. of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science.

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies New Haven, CT.  May, 1985 - M.S.; December, 1985- M.Phil.

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT.  May, 1987 - Ph.D


Murdoch, C.W., J.S. Coleman and R.J. Campana.  1983.  Bark cracks associated with injection wounds in elm.  Journal of Arboriculture 9: 61-64. 

Coleman, J.S., C.W. Murdoch, R.J. Campana and W.H. Smith.  1985. Investigations on the decay resistance of elm wetwood.  Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 7: 151-154. 

Coleman, J.S.  1986.  Leaf development and leaf stress: increased susceptibility associated with sink-source transition. Tree Physiology 2: 289-299. 

Coleman, J.S., C.G. Jones and W.H. Smith.  1987.  The effect of ozone on cottonwood - leaf rust interactions: independence of abiotic stress, genotype and leaf ontogeny.  Canadian Journal of Botany 65: 949-953. 

Jones, C.G. and J.S. Coleman.  1988.  Leaf disk size and insect preference: implications for assays and studies on induction of plant defense. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 47: 167-172. 

Jones, C.G. and J.S. Coleman.  1988.  Plant stress and insect behavior: Cottonwood, ozone and the feeding and oviposition preference of a beetle. Oecologia 76: 51-56. 

Coleman, J.S. and C.G. Jones.  1988.  Plant stress and insect performance:  Cottonwood, ozone and a leaf beetle. Oecologia 76: 57-61. 

Coleman, J.S. and C.G. Jones.  1988. Acute ozone stress on eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides Bartr.) and the pest potential of the aphid, Chaitophorus populicola Thomas (Homoptera:Aphididae). Environmental Entomology 17: 207- 212. 

Coleman, J.S., C.G. Jones and W.H. Smith.  1988.  Interactions between an acute ozone dose, eastern cottonwood, and Marssonina leaf spot: implications for pathogen community dynamics.  Canadian Journal of Botany 66: 863-868. 

Jones, C.G. and J.S. Coleman. 1989.  Biochemical indicators of air pollution effects in trees: Unambiguous signals based on secondary metabolism and nitrogen in fast-growing species?  In:  National Research Council.  Biologic Markers of Air Pollution Stress and Damage in Forests.  National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.  pp. 261-273.

Coleman, J.S., H.A. Mooney and J.N. Gorham.  1989.  Effects of multiple stresses on radish growth and resource allocation. I. Responses of wild radish plants to a combination of SO2 exposure and decreasing nitrate availability. Oecologia 81: 124-131. 

Coleman, J.S., H.A. Mooney and W.E. Winner.  1990.  Anthropogenic stress and natural selection: Variability in radish biomass accumulation increases with increasing SO2 dose. Canadian Journal of Botany 68: 102-106. 

Bazzaz, F.A., J.S. Coleman and S.R. Morse.  1990.  The responses of seven major co-occurring trees of the northeastern United States to CO2.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 20: 1479-1484. 

Winner,W.E., J.S. Coleman, C. Gillepsie, H.A. Mooney and E.J. Pell.  1991.  Consequences of evolving resistance to air pollutants.  In: Taylor, G.E. Jr. and L. Pitelka (eds.).  Ecological Genetics and Air Pollution.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp. 177-202. 

Jones, C.G. and J.S. Coleman.  1991.  Plant stress and insect herbivory: Toward an integrated perspective. In: H.A. Mooney, W.E. Winner and E.J. Pell (eds.) Integrated Responses of Plants to Environmental Stress. Academic Press, NY. pp. 249-282. 

Coleman, J.S. and C.G. Jones.  1991.  A phytocentric perspective of phytochemical induction by herbivores.  In: D. Tallamy and M. Raupp (eds.).  Phytochemical Induction by Herbivores. J. Wiley and Sons. pp. 3-45. 

Coleman, J.S., L. Rochefort, F.A. Bazzaz, and F.I. Woodward.  1991.  Effects of CO2 on plant performance, plant nitrogen status, and the susceptibility of plants to an acute increase in temperature.  Plant, Cell and Environment 14: 667-674.

Chu, C.C., J.S. Coleman and H.A. Mooney.  1992.  Examining the controls on the partitioning of biomass between roots and shoots: effects of elevated levels of CO2 on growth and resource use of California coastal wild radish.  Oecologia 89: 580-587. 

Ackerly, D.D., J.S. Coleman, S.R. Morse and F.A. Bazzaz. 1992.  Combined effects of temperature and elevated CO2 on morphogenetic processes in two annual plant species.  Ecology 73: 1260-1269. 

Coleman, J.S. and F.A. Bazzaz.  1992.  Interacting effects of elevated CO2 and temperature on growth and resource use of co-occurring annual plants.  Ecology 73: 1244-1259. 

Coleman, J.S., C.G. Jones, and V.A. Krischik.  1992.  Phytocentric and exploiter perspectives of phytopathology.  Advances in Plant Pathology 8: 149-195. 

Jones, C.G., R.F. Hopper, J.S. Coleman, and V.A. Krischik.  1993.  Plant vasculature controls the distribution of systemically induced defense against an herbivore.  Oecologia 93: 452-456.

Coleman, J.S., K.D.M. McConnaughay, and F.A. Bazzaz.  1993.  Elevated CO2 and plant nitrogen-use: Is reduced tissue nitrogen concentration size-dependent?  Oecologia.93: 195-200. 

Coleman, J.S., K.D. M. McConnaughay and D.D. Ackerly. 1994.  Interpreting phenotypic variation in plants.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9: 187-191. 

Jones, C.G., J.S. Coleman, and S. Findlay.  1994.  Effects of ozone on interactions among plants, consumers, and decomposers. In R. Alscher (ed.).  Plant Responses to the Gaseous Environment.  Chapman and Hall, London.  pp. 339-363. 

Wilsey, B.J., S.J. McNaughton and J.S. Coleman. 1994.  Will increases in atmospheric CO2 affect regrowth following grazing in grasses from tropical grasslands? A test with Sporobolus kentrophyllus. Oecologia 99: 141-144. 

Coleman, J.S. and A.S. Leonard.  1995. Why it matters where on a leaf a folivore feeds.  Oecologia 101: 324-328. 

Coleman, J.S., S.A. Heckathorn and R.L. Hallberg. 1995.  Heat shock proteins and thermotolerance:  Linking ecological and molecular perspectives.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10: 305-306. 

Coleman, J.S. and K.D.M McConnaughay.  1995.  A non-functional interpretation of a classical optimal partitioning example.  Functional Ecology 9: 951-954. 

Hartvigsen, G., D.A. Wait, and J.S. Coleman.  1995.  Tri-trophic interactions as influenced by resource availability: Predator effects on plant performance depend on resource level.  Oikos 74: 463-468.

Heckathorn, S.A., G.J. Polgreen, J.S. Coleman and R.L. Hallberg.  1996.  Nitrogen availability alters the accumulation of stress-induced proteins in plants. Oecologia 105: 413-418. 

Heckathorn, S.A., G.J. Polgreen, J.S. Coleman and R.L. Hallberg.  1996.  Influence of nitrogen and development on the dynamics of rubisco and pepcase content in response to heat stress. International Journal of Plant Sciences 157: 546-553. 

Coleman, J.S. and K. Schneider.  1996.  Evidence suggesting that ABA may not regulate changes in growth and biomass partitioning in response to low soil resource availability. Oecologia 106: 273-278. 

McConnaughay, K.D.M. and J.S. Coleman.  1996.  A tale of two universities:  A PUI (predominantly undergraduate institution)/research institution collaboration at work.  Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly (Dec. 1996); 68-70.

Heckathorn, S.A., J.S. Coleman and R.L. Hallberg.  1998.  Recovery of net CO2 assimilation after heat stress is correlated with recovery of levels of oxygen evolving-complex proteins in Zea mays L.  Photosynthetica: 34: 13-20.

Wilsey, B.J., J.S. Coleman and S.J. McNaughton.  1997.  Effects of defoliation and elevated CO2 on grasses: a comparative ecosystem approach.  Ecological Applications: 7: 844-853. 

Mabry, C.M., M. Jasienski, J.S. Coleman and F.A. Bazzaz.  1997.  Genotypic variation in Polygonum pensylvanicum:  nutrient effects on plant growth and aphid infestation.  Canadian Journal of Botany 75: 546-551. 

Downs, C., S.A. Heckathorn, J.S. Coleman and J. Bryan. 1998.   The methionine-rich low-molecular-weight chloroplast heat shock protein: evolutionary conservation and accumulation in relation to thermotolerance.  American Journal of Botany 85: 175-183. 

Heckathorn, S.A., C.A. Downs, T.D. Sharkey and J.S. Coleman.  1998. A small chloroplast heat-shock protein protects photosystem II during heat stress. Plant Physiology 116: 439-444. 

Heckathorn, S.A., C.A. Downs and J.S. Coleman.  1998.  Nuclear-encoded chloroplast proteins accumulate in the cytosol during severe heat stress. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 159: 39-45. 

Heckathorn, S.A., S.J. McNaughton and J.S. Coleman. 1999. C4 photosynthesis and herbivory.  In: R. Sage and R. Monson (eds).  The biology of C4 photosynthesis. Academic Press. San Diego,  pages 285-312. 

McConnaughay, K.D.M. and J.S. Coleman. 1998. Can plants track changes in nutrient availability via changes in biomass partitioning? Plant and Soil 202: 201-209. 

Wait, D.A., C.G. Jones, J.S. Coleman and M. Schaedle.  1998.  Effects of nitrogen fertilization on leaf chemistry and beetle feeding are mediated by changes in leaf development. Oikos: 82: 502-514.  

Hamilton, E.W. III, M.S. Giovannini, S.J. Moses, J.S. Coleman, and S.J. McNaughton. 1998. Biomass and mineral element responses of a Serengeti short grass species to nitrogen supply and defoliation: Compensation requires a critical [N]. Oecologia 116: 407-418. 

Huxman, T.E., E.P. Hammerlynk, S.D. Smith, D.N. Jordan, S.F. Zitzer, R.S. Nowak, J.S. Coleman and J.R. Seemann.  1999.  Photosynthetic down-regulation in Larrea tridentata exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2:  Interaction with drought under glasshouse and field (FACE) exposure.  Plant, Cell and Environment 21: 1153-1161. 

Downs, C.A., J.S. Coleman, and S.A. Heckathorn.  1999.  The chloroplast 22-Ku heat-shock protein:  A lumenal protein that associates with the oxygen evolving complex and protects photosystem II during heat stress.  Journal of Plant Physiology 155: 477-487. 

McConnaughay, K.D.M. and J.S. Coleman. 1999.  Biomass allocation in plants: ontogeny or optimality? A test along three resource gradients. Ecology 80: 2581-2593.

Jordan, D.N., S.F. Zitzer, G.R. Hendrey, K.F. Lewin, R.S. Nowak, S.D. Smith, J.S. Coleman and J.R. Seemann. 1999.  Biotic, abiotic and performance aspects of the Nevada Desert Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) facility. Global Change Biology 5: 659-668. 

Heckathorn, S.A., C.A. Downs, and J.S. Coleman.  1999.  Small heat shock proteins protect electron transport in chloroplasts and mitochondria during stress.  American Zoologist 39: 865-876.

Wells, S.G., J.S. Coleman, J.N. Crowley and K.W. Hunter.  1999.  Cooperative efforts around Lake Tahoe (Correspondence, not peer-reviewed). Nature 402: 348.

Cheng, W., D. Sims, Y. Luo, D. Johnson, T. Ball, and J.S. Coleman.  2000. Demonstration of complete carbon budgeting in plant-soil mesocosms under elevated CO2: Locally missing carbon?  Global Change Biology 6: 99-110. 

Luo, Y., D. Hui, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson and D.A. Sims.  2000. Canopy quantum yield in a mesocosm study. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 100: 35-48.

Hammerlynk, E.P., T.E. Huxman, S.D. Smith,  R.S. Nowak, S. Redar, M.E. Loik, D.N. Jordan, D.A., S.F. Zitzer, J.S. Coleman and J.R. Seemann. 2000.  Photosynthetic responses in contrasting Mojave Desert shrub species to increased CO2 concentration at the Nevada Desert FACE facility.  Journal of Arid Environments 44: 425-436. 

Taub, D., J.R. Seemann, and J.S. Coleman.  2000, Growth at elevated CO2 protects photosynthesis from damage by high temperature.  Plant, Cell and Environment 23: 649-656.

Pataki, D.E., T.E. Huxman, D.N Jordan, S.F. Zitzer, J.S. Coleman, S.D. Smith, R.S. Nowak and J.R. Seemann.  2000.  Water use of Mojave Desert shrubs under elevated CO2.  Global Change Biology 6: 889-898. 

Preczewski, P., S.A. Heckathorn, C.A. Downs and J.S. Coleman.  2000. Photosynthetic thermotolerance is quantitatively and positively correlated with the production of specific heat shock protein among nine genotypes of tomato. Photosynthetica 38: 127-134. 

Ackerly, D.D., S.A. Dudley, S.E. Sultan, J. Schmitt, J.S. Coleman, R. Linder, D.R. Sandquist, M.A. Geber, A.S. Evans, T.E. Dawson and M.J. Lechowicz.  2000.  The evolution of plant ecophysiological traits: Recent advances and future directions.  BioScience 50: 979-995. 

Smith, S.D.,  T.E. Huxman, S. F. Zitzer, T.N. Charlet, D.C. Housman, J. S. Coleman, L. K. Fenstermaker, J.R. Seemann, and R.S. Nowak.  2000 Elevated CO2 increases productivity and invasive species success in an arid ecosystem.  Nature 408: 79-82. 

Bernacchi, C.J., J.S. Coleman, F.A. Bazzaz and K.D. M. McConnaughay.  2000. Biomass allocation in old-field annual species grown in elevated CO2 environments: no evidence for optimal partitioning.  Global Change Biology 6: 855-863. 

Cheng, W., D.S. Sims, Y. Luo, J.S. Coleman and D.W. Johnson. 2000.  Photosynthesis, respiration and net primary production of sunflower stands in ambient and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations: an invariant NPP:GPP ratio?  Global Change Biology 6: 931-942. 

Hamilton, E.W. III and J.S. Coleman.  2001. Heat-shock proteins are induced in unstressed leaves of Nicotiana attenuata when distant leaves are stressed.  American Journal of Botany 88: 950-955.  

Hui, D., D.A. Sims, D.W. Johnson, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman and Y. Luo.  2001. Canopy water and water use efficiencies at elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 7: 75-92. 

Hamilton III, E.W., S.J. McNaughton and J.S. Coleman.  2001.  Soil Na stress:  Molecular, physiological and growth responses in four Serengeti C4 grasses.  American Journal of Botany 88: 1258-1265. 

Nowak, R.S., D.N. Jordan, L.A. DeFalco, C.S. Wilcox, J.S. Coleman, J.R. Seemann, and S.D. Smith. 2001.  Effects of Elevated Atmospheric CO2 on Leaf Conductance and Temperature for Three Desert Perennials at the Nevada Desert FACE Facility.  New Phytologist 150: 449-458. 

DeLucia, E.H., J.S. Coleman, T.E. Dawson, and R.B. Jackson.  2001. Plant physiological ecology: linking the organism to scales above and below (meeting report).  New Phytologist 149: 9-16. 

Wait, D.A., J.S. Coleman and C.G. Jones.  2002.  Chrysomela scripta, Plagiodera versicolora (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidia), and Trichoplusia ni (Lepodoptera: Noctuidae) track specific leaf developmental stages.  Environmental Entomology 31: 836-843. 

Johnson, D.W., J. A. Benesch, M. S. Gustin, D. S. Schorran, S. E. Lindberg, J. S. Coleman. 2003. Experimental evidence against diffusion control of Hg evasion from soils. Science of the Total Environment 304: 175-184. 

Ericksen, J.A., M.S. Gustin, D.S. Schorran, D.W. Johnson, S.E. Lindberg and J.S. Coleman. 2003.  Accumulation of atmospheric mercury by forest foliage. Atmospheric Environment 37: 1613-1622. 

Obrist, D., P.S.J. Verburg, M.H. Young,  J.S. Coleman, D.E. Schorran, J.A. Arnone III.  2003.  Quantifying the effects of phenology on ecosystem evapotranspiration in planted grassland mesocosms using EcoCELL technology. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 118: pp. 173-183.

Weatherly, H.E., S.F. Zitzer, J.S. Coleman, and J.A. Arnone. 2003. In situ litter decomposition and litter quality in a Mojave Desert ecosystem: effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and interannual climate variability. Global Change Biology 9: 1223-1233

Verburg, P.S.J., J.A. Arnone III, D. Obrist, D.W. Johnson, D. Lerourx-Swarthout, D.E. Schorran, Y. Luo, R.D. Evans, and J.S. Coleman. 2004. Net ecosystem carbon exchange in two experimental grassland ecosystems.  Global Change Biology 10: 498-508. 

Nowak, R.S., S.F. Zitzer, D. Babcock, V. Smith-Longozo, T.N. Charlet, J.S. Coleman, J.R. Seemann and S.D. Smith. 2004.  Elevated atmospheric CO2 does not conserve soil moisture in the Mojave Desert. Ecology 85: 93-99. 

Gustin, M.S., J.A. Ericksen, D.E. Schorran, D.W. Johnson, S.E. Lindberg, J.S. Coleman.  2004.  Application of controlled mesocosms for understanding mercury air-soil-plant exchange.  Environmental Science and Technology 38: 6044-6050. 

Coleman, J.S. 2005. Undergraduate research participation as an essential component of a research university: A perspective of a chief research officer. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly: June, 2005: 154-155.

Gould, G.G., C.G. Jones, P. Rifleman, A. Perez, and J.S. Coleman. 2007. Variation in Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides Bartr.) phloem sap content and toughness due to leaf Development may affect feeding site Selection behavior of the aphid, Chaitophorous populicola Thomas (Homoptera: Aphididae). Environmental Entomology 35: 1212:1225.

Bernacchi, C.J., J.N. Thompson, J.S. Coleman, K.D.M. McConnaughay. 2007. Allometric Analysis Reveals Relatively Little Variation in Nitrogen vs. Biomass Accrual in Four Plant Species Exposed to Varying Light, Nutrients, Water, and CO2.  Plant, Cell and Environment 30: 1216:1222. 

Barua, D., S.A. Heckathorn, J.S. Coleman. 2008. Variation in heat-shock proteins and photosynthetic thermotolerance among natural populations of Chenopodium album L. from contrasting thermal environments: implications for plant responses to global warming. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology: 50: 1440-1451. 

Arnone, J.A. III, P.S.J. Verburg, D.W. Johnson, J.D. Larsen, R.L. Jasoni, A.J. Lucchesi, C.M. Batts, C. von Nagy, W.G. Coulombe, D.E. Schorran, P.E. Buck, B.H. Braswell, J.S. Coleman, R.A. Sherry, L.L. Wallace, Y. Luo and D.S. Schimel. 2008. Prolonged suppression of ecosystem carbon dioxide uptake after an anomalously warm year. Nature 455:383-386.

Grants and cooperative agreement

Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Grant (1986).

NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research ($22,000/yr for three years 9/1/92-9/1/95) to my graduate student, Brian Wilsey.  I was the co-principal investigator with Dr. Sam McNaughton.

National Science Foundation, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Panel: Responses of plants to acute and chronic heat stress in a high CO2 environment: Linking molecular biology with physiological ecology (collaborative research with Richard Hallberg, Syracuse University), $190,000 (9/15/92 - 9/15/95).

National Science Foundation, Division of Integrated Biology and Neuroscience, Young Investigator Award, $250,000 (7/93-7/99).

Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation: Plant responses to stress: integrating molecular, developmental, physiological and ecological approaches.  $125,000 (7/93-7/99).

National Science Foundation, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Panel:  Testing optimal partitioning and plant strategy theories:  do conclusions differ when functional adjustments are distinguished from ontogenetic drift? $140,000 (7/94 -7/98).  Collaborative research with Dr. Kelly McConnaughay, Bradley University.

National Science Foundation, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Panel:  Dissertation Improvement:  Nitrogen-plant-insect interactions:  Integrating via a net effects approach. $6,890 (1/95-12/95). Collaborative research with D. Alexander Wait and Clive G. Jones.

Department of Energy, EPSCoR: The Nevada Desert FACE facility: Responses of a desert ecosystem to long-term elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. $700,000 (9/97-8/00). Collaborative research with J. Seemann (PI), S. Smith and R. Nowak.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (and Nevada State Match):  Exploring the sensitivity of different carbon and nitrogen fluxes to variation in the timing of an ecosystem perturbation:  The use of EcoCELL technology for developing scaling strategies in ecosystem research.  $537,126 (1/98 - 1/01).  Collaborative research with R. D. Evans, W. Cheng, J. Arnone, Y. Luo and D. Johnson.

United States Department of Agriculture, CRSEES: UV-B Microclimate of High-Altitude Plant Communities. $23,115 (9/98-9/99 with $23,115 match). Collaborative Research with Melanie Wetzel (PI) and Yiqi Luo.

National Science Foundation.  Constructing a long-term ecological research program at the NTS:  Building on past EPSCoR success to create a scientific center of excellence in Nevada.  $500,000 (5/98-5/00). Collaborative Research with S. Smith and R. Nowak.

Interagency (NSF/DOE/USDA/NASA/NOAA) Program for Terrestrial Ecology and Global Change.   Effects of elevated CO2 on a Mojave desert ecosystem.  $1,300,000 (9/1/98 - 8/30/01, award was made by NSF).  Collaborative research with Stan Smith (PI), Jeff Seemann, R. Dave Evans, Brandon Moore, and Weixin Cheng.

Environmental Protection Agency, Nevada EPSCoR.  Determining the role of plants and soils in the biogeochemical cycling of mercury on an ecosystem level.  $400,000. (5/1/99 - 5/1/01). Collaborative research with Mae Gustin (PI), Dale Johnson and Steve Lindburgh. 

National Science Foundation, EPSCoR.  Research infrastructure for Nevada’s growth: Targeting research with uniqueness and excellence (RING-TRUE). 6/99 – 7/02. $3,000,000 (with an additional $4,100,000 match from the State of Nevada and “in-kind” match from UNR, UNLV and DRI for a total award of $7.1 million).

Department of Energy, Terrestrial Carbon Process.  Biotic processes regulating the carbon balance of desert ecosystems.  9/00-8/03.  $2,300,000.  Collaborative Research with Jeff Seemann (PI), Stan Smith, Bob Nowak and Lynn Fenstermaker. 

National Science Foundation, EPSCoR.  Research infrastructure for Nevada’s growth: Targeting research with uniqueness and excellence II (RING-TRUE II). 8/02 – 8/05. $9,000,000 (with an additional $4,500,000 match from the State of Nevada).

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources.  eIRB: Online Education and Quality Assurance. (Administrative PI – with Office of Research IRB and computing Directors) 9/03 – 8/04.  $100,000.

National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation. Alliance for Collaborative Research in Alternative Fuel Technology. (Administrative PI; Peter Pfeifer scientific PI)  10/04 – 9/07.  $591,637.

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources.  National Swine Research and Resource Center (Administrative PI: science driven by Randy Prather and Lela Riley).  9/03 – 9/08.  $2,848,226.

Economic Development Administration (US Department of Commerce), Life Sciences Incubator, (PI, co-PI is Jake Halliday). 5/05 – 5/09. $2,500,000

National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (Administrative PI; scientific PIs, George Stewart, Kim Wise and Lela Riley), $13,400,000 – construction beginning in Spring, 2007 to be completed by 2008. (PI transferred to Neil Olsen when I left Missouri).

Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation, Collaborative Research Fund (Administrative PI: this is a gift to Rice to fund collaborative research seed grants between Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute). $3,000,000. 9/08 – 8/13

Health Resources and Services Administration, Research Equipment for Rice University's Collaborative Research Center (PI), $355,037. 06/01/08 - 09/30/10

Health Resources and Services Administration Research, Equipment for Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative (PI), $ $377,190. 08/01/09 - 07/31/11

Health Resources and Services Administration Research, Equipment for Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative (PI), $ $445,000. 08/01/10 - 07/31/13

National Center for Research Resources, NIH, Computational Biology Cluster (Administrative PI; Jan Odegard and Moshe Vardi scientific leadership), $1,635,302 08/12/2010 – 08/11/2011

APLU, Accelerating Adoption of Adaptive Courseware at Public Research Universities- Executive Sponsor (project leads are Pauline Entin and Don Carter), $575,000.


Academic and administrative recognition:

NAU Commission on the Status of Women, 2016 Outstanding Achievement and Contribution. Award (on a team that received the award.)

Outstanding Administrator, 1998-1999, UCCSN Board of Regents

NSF Young Investigator Award. 1993-1998

William W. Wasserstrom Prize for excellence in graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University 1995-1996 Academic Year