Gordon E. Uno

Department Chair and David Ross Boyd Professor
Plant Reproductive Biology, Science Education

My two main interests are plant reproductive biology and science education. I am investigating plant-animal
Dr. Gordon Uno
Dr. Gordon Uno in his office at the National Science Foundation in 1999.
interactions in the Great Plains, focusing on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma. A relatively large herd of bison is maintained in the mixed-grass prairie at the Refuge. This herd provides opportunities to investigate the effect of small-scale disturbances, such as buffalo wallows, on the dissemination, growth, and reproduction of vascular plants found in the wallows and the surrounding prairie. Current projects involve long-term analyses of the changes in vegetation within and adjacent to pre-existing wallows recently disturbed by bison and of the colonization of newly formed wallows. Another project involves a prairie legume, Psoralea tenuiflora, which grows adjacent to buffalo wallows and whose seeds are predated upon by pierid butterfly larvae. Evidence indicates this plant exhibits a novel method of defense against seed predation related to its vegetative morphology.

In terms of science education, I have just completed the textbook, Principles of Botany, with Richard Storey and Randy Moore, and I have also written a handbook for finishing Ph.D.s and new faculty members to assist them in developing a contemporary undergraduate course in biology. This survival training manual focuses on how students learn, inquiry instruction, critical thinking skills, and assessment strategies. Just before I assumed the chairmanship of this Department, I completed a two-year rotation in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (see office above). Recently, I was elected a AAAS Fellow and an AIBS Board member. In 1995, I served as President of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

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