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Vincent M Eckhart

Eckhart Vince
Department Chair of Biology

My students and I try to determine: (1) how natural selection shapes plant reproduction, life history, and physiology; and (2) why plant species occur where they do, rather than somewhere else. A westerner transplanted to Iowa, I seem to be reasonably well adapted to this novel habitat. I attended Pomona College (BA) and the University of Utah (PhD), and I did postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and Cornell University. 

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4354


(641) 269-4984

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On-Campus Address: 

1818 Science
Grinnell, IA
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D. 1991, University of Utah Postdoctoral Fellow, 1992-1996, University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University

Courses Taught: 

Tutorial (various topics), ENV 120 (Environmental Challenges and Responses), BIO 150 (Introduction to Biological Inquiry: The Sex Life of Plants), BIO 252 (Organisms, Evolution, and Ecology), BIO 305 (Evolution of the Iowa Flora), BIO 368 (Ecology)

Primary Academic Interest: 

Evolution and Ecology

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