Professor Emeritus and former Department Head
Department of Biological Sciences
Aquatic Ecology and Invertebrate Biology
Community and ecosystem ecology of lakes and wetlands. Biological assessment of water quality. Ecology, biogeography, and systematics of Chironomus (Diptera:Chironomidae). Major focus since 2007 has been invertebrate ecology in tundra ponds of Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain.
Research Area: Taxonomy and Evolution of the Lichen-Forming Fungi Although retired, Ted continues his research on the fungal families Parmeliaceae, Physciaceae, and Alectoriaceae. Current research involves primarily revisionary work on the North American and/or world representation of the genera Physcia, Physconia and Phaeophyscia. This includes classical morphological and chemotaxonomic study, but also includes molecular phylogenetic studies in collaboration with indiiduals at Brigham Young University and the Chicago Field Museum.
NDSU Feature Story "NDSU Professor Studies “Bizarre” Forms of Life" April 25, 2011
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