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Jeffrey White

A portrait of Dr. Jeffrey White.

General Information

Professor of Botany
Plant Biogeography & Systematics, Science Education
Phone: (707) 826-5551
Office: Science B 336
Email: jww12@humboldt.edu
Personal Website: N/A

Academic background


Summary of research

My research interests are in the areas of plant biogeography and systematics. My current work focuses on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of rare plants in the genus Astragalus (Fabacaeae). This work includes testing new methods for quantifying range-sizes at multiple scales, and comparative statistical approaches aimed at elucidating phylogenetic patterns of rarity in the group. I also conduct rare plant monitoring and population level studies aimed at detecting relevant spatial scales of ecological processes affecting populations.

I am also a Director of the Redwood Science Project, and the Science Programs Director of the Northcoast Mathematics and Science Initiative. These projects seeks to enhance the delivery of high-quality K-12 science and math instruction in seven counties of northwest California. My work includes both program development and evaluation, and research on science teaching. Current research focuses on three areas: 1) factors influencing science and math majors choices to join the teaching profession, 2) the professional development of science teachers via the Japanese Lesson Study model, and 3) assessment of new curricula on the success and retention of environmental resource engineering students.

Sample publications

Graduate students

Christine Dawson
Robert Shearer
Past Grad Students:
Melinda Bailey
Michael Kauffmann
Carrie Schreiber
comparative biology of restricted and widespread plant taxa
Jennifer Westenberg
the role of facilitation in plant interactions in stressful environments
Haley Newberg
science education programs at Sequoia Park Zoo.
Ben Crain
rare plants
Clara Sander
Jeremy Tout
Julie Van Sickle
science and literacy