Robert Bell, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Office: TNR 476
Phone: (715) 346-2074
Fax: (715) 346-3624
Email: rbell@uwsp.edu

Education

B.A, Biology and Chemistry – Drake University (1979)
M.S., Biology – Illinois State University (1982)
Ph.D., Botany – Arizona State University (1986)


 

Courses

Biology 100 - Biological Principles and the Human Environment

Biology 130 - Introduction to Plant Biology​

Biology/Water 338/538- Phycology

Biology 490 - Senior Seminars in Desert Biology, Aquatic Ecology, Phycology

Biology 498 - Chiropractic Survey

Various Numbers - Courses to American Deserts, and Northern Rockies

 

Professional History

09/02 - pre​sent Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI.​
​07/98 - 03/07 ​Chairman, Department of Biology, UWSP.
​08/94 - 09/02 Associate Professor of Biology, UWSP.​
​08/93 - 08/94 Associate Professor of Biology,​ UWSP.​
​05/91 - 08/93 Assistant Professor of Botany, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.​
​08/88 - 05/91 Assistant Professor of Natural Science, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.​
​06/86 - 07/88 ​Postdoctoral Research Botanis​​t, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ.
​08/87 - 05/88 Biologist, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Gilbert, AZ.​
​08/86 - 05/88 ​Faculty Associate, Arizona State University.
​08/85 - 07/86 ​Graduate College Research Fellow, Arizona State University.
​​08/89 - 07/85 Graduate Teaching Associate, Illinois State University and Arizona State University.​


 

Research Areas

​General Algal and plant physiological and community ecology. Interests Phylogeny and evolutionary history of the algae, especially cyanophytes (blue-green algae) and chlorophytes (green algae). Field experience in aquatic and terrestrial systems.​

​​Specific Interests Ecology of crypto­endolithic (rock-dwelling) algae. Determine micrometeorological conditions, substratum differences and seasonal variation. Assessment of photosynthesis and primary production. Evaluation of recolonization rates in s​​andstones. Assessment of soil algal communities in agricultural and adjacent soils, including seasonal changes in genera, biomass and cell. Screen for organisms with unusual and/or beneficial characteristics (i.e. nitrogen fixation, mucilage production, carotene production, herbicide resistance).


Aquatic algal community dynamics. Algal production, community composition, successional sequences and their impacts/influences on aquatic systems.​


 

Honors and Awards

​​2007 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.​
​​2002 ​​​Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.
​2001 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.​
​1999 ​Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.
​1998 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.​​
​1998 ​University Excellence in Teaching Award, one of five awarded campus-wide, UWSP.
​1997 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.​
​1996 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, Department of Biology, UWSP, also nominated for university-wide honors.​
​1995 Outstanding Faculty Award, Theta Xi Fraternity, UWSP.​
​​1990 ​​Delegate, Plant Sciences Delegation to the USSR.



 

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