Updated: July, 2013
Name: Michael C. Grant
Present Positions and Addresses:
Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Co 80309-0040
Office Ph: 303-492-5538; 492-6513; Fax Nr: 303 492-3267
Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Colorado Boulder
Home Phone: 303-684-6543
Education: B.A. 1969 Chemistry, Texas Tech University
M.S. 1970 Zoology, Texas Tech University
Ph.D. 1974 Botany and Mathematics, Duke University
Honors: Dean's Academic Honor Roll, Texas Tech University
N.I.H. Summer Fellowship, Woods Hole Laboratory, 1969
James B. Duke Fellow, 1971-1974
Boulder Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award, 1987
Teaching Excellence Program Consultant, 1989 - 1998
Elected as President's Teaching Scholar, 1990 – present
(A system-wide honorary academy elected for teaching excellence.)
Teaching Excellence Recognition, Mortar Board Society, 1991
Popular Science Magazine, Best of Whats New, 1994
Hazel Barnes Award for Teaching and Research Excellence,
University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995 (Given to one faculty member each year who best exemplifies the integration of scholarly research and teaching.)
U.S. Professor of the Year nominee, 1997,
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Teaching Excellence Recognition, Mortar Board Society, 1997
Sewall Teaching Fellowship, 1998
National Resident Hall Society Academic Recognition
For Faculty, 1999
Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) Teaching
Excellence Nomination, 2001
Commander's Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Public Service, Dept. of the Army, 2002
1963-1967 U.S. Air Force, Active Duty, Vietnam Era Veteran,
1974-1976 Director, Univ. of Colo. Mountain Research Station
1976-1981 Assistant Professor, Department of EPO Biology
1981-1987 Associate Professor, Department of EPO Biology
1982-1987 Chairman, Department of EPO Biology (53 faculty)
1987- Professor, Department of EPO Biology (Now Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
1998-99 Faculty Director of Undergraduate Education
1998-2001 Director, Norlin Scholars Program
1999-Present Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Research Grants and Awards:
Patterns of Genetic Variability Among the Charophyta.
National Science Foundation, 1976-1978, with V.W. Proctor
Nutrient Budget of a Small Mountain Watershed.
U.S. Forest Service Eisenhower Consortium, 1975 - 1977
with W. M. Lewis, Jr. (3 separate grants)
Ecology of Spruce Seedworms in the Boulder City Watershed
City of Boulder, 1978
Summer Science Training Program
National Science Foundation, 1975 - 1976
with J. D. Ives, (3 separate grants)
Population Biology of the Charophytes
National Science Foundation, 1980-1982
with V.W. Proctor
Effectiveness of Aspen in Neutralizing Acid Precipitation
U.S. Forest Service, 1983
with W. M. Lewis, Jr.
Construction of a Precipitation Acidity Map for Colorado
State of Colorado, 1983
with W. M. Lewis, Jr.
Charophytes of Colorado
Colorado Fish and Game Commission, 1989
Revegetation Dynamics of the Boulder City Watershed
City of Boulder, 1989, 1992
with Laurie Anderson
Genetic Analysis of Photosynthetic and Biomass Partitioning
in Cleome serrulata.
National Science Foundation, 1989 - 1993
with R. K. Monson
Non-linear dynamics in an evolutionary simulation model
National Science Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
to Roy Rangel, 1995-1998
Distribution and abundance of Archeae in the Colorado Front Range,
with David Oline, National Science Foundation, 1999-2001
Computer Science, Math & Engineering Scholarships
National Science Foundation, 2000-2002
Mathematical Biology Program for Undergraduates,
National Science Foundation, 2004-2006
Evaluating Critical Thinking in Undergraduates
National Science Foundation, 2006 - Present
(sub-project part of CAT to TTU)
Assessment of Critical Thinking and Civic Engagement
Teagle Foundation, 2009-2014
Graduate Students (Major Advisor, only)
Mary Ellen Ford, December 2004
David Oline, Ph.D. , May 2001, Asst. Prof. Southern Oregon University
Rogelio Rangel, M.A., 1998, Student Advisor, EPOB
Laurie Anderson, Ph.D., 1994, Assoc. Prof. Ohio Wesleyan Univ
Louisa Stark, Ph.D. , 1992, Director, Science Education Center, University
Cynthia Gay, M.A., 1990, High School Teacher and
Science Teacher of the Year Award winner
Brian Dale, M.A., 1987, Laboratory Technician
Kathleen Shea, Ph.D., 1985, Professor and Chair, St. Olafs College
Parvin Rasti, M.A., 1982, Unknown
Peggy Knowles, Ph.D., 1981, Professor, Lakehead University (deceased)
Jeannine Lanier, M.A., 1978, Stockbroker
Regular Courses Taught (excluding specialized seminars):
General Biology (both Fall and Spring terms)
Honors General Biology
Principles of Ecology
Biometry (using R)
Arguments in Evolutionary Biology
Graphical Data Analysis and Presentation
Alpine and SubAlpine Ecology
Evolution and Speciation
Advanced Evolutionary Biology
Principles of Evolution
Introduction to the Scanning Electron Microscope
Recent Discoveries in Biology and Their Ethical Implications
Water in the Western U.S.
Biology of History (Jointly with History faculty member)
Bioethical Dilemmas from a Global Perspective
Origins of Human Ethics and Morality: An Evolutionary Perspective
General Linear Models and Bayesian Statistics
National Science Foundation, National Dissemination Panel
Four years, 1998-2004
National Science Foundation, Fellowship Selection
Five years, 1997-2006
Editorial Board, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research
Ten years, 1995-2006
Senior Science Advisor, Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy,
Washington D.C. 1998-present
National Advisory Board, Critical Thinking Test Project, 2008-present
International Science Advisory Board, University of Wollongong, Australia
Reviewer for University of Oklahoma Microbiology and Botany, 2010
Co-Founder, Guild of Rocky Mountain Population Biologists 1974
Co-Founder Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement, 2005
Consultant/Evaluator North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission, 2009-present
Published Articles (refereed)
Grant, M.C. and V.W. Proctor. 1972. Chara vulgaris and Chara contraria: Patterns of reproductive isolation between two cosmopolitan species complexes. Evolution 26:267-281.
Antonovics, J. and M. C. Grant. 1977. Experimental evidence bearing on the neutral mutation theory. J. of Heredity 65:241-242.
Grant, M.C. and J. B. Mitton. 1977. Genetic differentiation among growth forms of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir at treeline. Arctic and Alpine Research 9:259-263.
Grant, M.C. and J. Antonovics. 1978. Biology of ecologically marginal populations of Anthoxanthum odoratum: Phenetics and dynamics. Evolution 32:822-838.
Grant, M.C. and J.B. Mitton. 1979. Elevational gradients in adult sex ratios of Populus tremuloides and sexual differentiation in vegetative growth rates. Evolution 33:914-918.
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1979. Influence of discharge rate on the output of ions in a mountain watershed. Soil Science 128:353-363.
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1980. Evidence for acid precipitation in western U.S. Science 207:176-177.
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1980. Changes in the output of ions from a watershed as a result of acidification of precipitation. Ecology 60:1093-1097.
Grant, M.C. and V.W. Proctor. 1980. Electrophoretic analysis of genetic variation in the Charophyta I: Gene duplication via polyploidy. J. of Phycology 16:109-115.
Mitton, J.B. and M.C. Grant. 1980. Observations on the genetics and ecology of quaking aspen in the Colorado Front Range. Amer. J. Botany 67:202-209.
Grant, M.C. and J. B. Mitton. 1980. Genetic differentiation among growth forms of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir at treeline. In: J. D. Ives (ed.) Geoecology of the Colorado Front Range, pp359-363. Westview Press
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1980. Effects of soil frost on the output of ions from a mountain watershed. Arctic and Alpine Res. 12:11-17.
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1980. Reply to a comment on acid precipitation in the western U.S. Science 210:1043.
1Knowles, P. and M.C. Grant. 1981. Genetic patterns associated with growth variability in Ponderosa pine. Amer. J. Botany 68:942-946.
Grant, M.C. and W.M. Lewis. 1981. Chemical loading rates from precipitation in the Colorado Rockies. Tellus 34:74-88.
Lewis, W.M. and M.C. Grant. 1981. Effect of May-June Mount St. Helens eruptions on precipitation chemistry in central Colorado. Atmospheric Environment 25:1539-1542.
Grant, M.C. and T. Sawa. 1982. Introduction and bibliography on the Charophyta. In: J. Rosowski and B. Parker, Eds. Selected Papers in Phycology II. pp. 754-759.
Grant, M.C., J.B. Mitton and Y. B. Linhart. 1982. Evolutionary and ecological studies of forest trees in Colorado. Arctic and Alpine Research. Occas. Paper #37.
1Knowles, P. and M.C. Grant. 1983. Age and size structure analyses of Ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and limber pine in Colorado. Ecology 64:1-9.
1Kling, G.B. and M.C. Grant. 1984. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Front Range: An overview with time predictions for significant effects. Arctic and Alpine Research 16:321-329.
Mitton, J.B. and M.C. Grant. 1984. Associations among protein heterozygosity, growth rate, and developmental homeostasis. Ann. Rev. Ecol. and Syst. 15:479-499.
Lewis, W.M., M.C. Grant and J.F. Saunders. 1984. Chemical patterns of atmospheric deposition in the state of Colorado. Water Resources Research 20:1691-1704.
1Knowles, P. and M.C. Grant. 1985. Genetic variation of lodgepole pine over time and microgeographical space. Canadian Journal of Botany 63:722-727.
Lewis, W.M., M.C. Grant and S.K. 1Hamilton. 1985. Evidence that filterable phosphorous is a significant atmospheric link in the phosphorous cycle. Oikos 45: 428-432,
1Shea, K.L. and M. C. Grant. 1986. Clonal growth in spire-shaped Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir trees. Canadian Journal of Botany 64:255-261.
Linhart, Y.B., M.C. Grant and P. 1Montazer. 1989. Experimental studies of ponderosa pine I: Relationships between variation in proteins and morphology. Amer. J. Botany 76:1033-1040.
Grant, M.C., Y.B. Linhart and R.K. Monson. 1989. Experimental studies of ponderosa pine II: Quantitative genetics of morphological traits. Amer. J. Botany 76:1033-1040.
Monson, R.K. and M.C. Grant. 1989. Experimental studies of ponderosa pine III: Differences in photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and water-use efficiency between two genetic lines. Amer. J. Botany 76:1041-1047.
Grant, M.C. 1989. Plant Reproductive Ecology (Review) Evolution 43:1124-1125.
Grant, M.C. 1990. Phylum Chlorophyta, Class Charophyceae, Order Charales. In: Handbook of Protoctista. L. Margulis, J.O. Corliss, M. Melkonian and D. Chapman (eds). Jones and Bartlett, Inc. pp641-648
Grant, M.C. and V.W. Proctor. 1991. Genetic differentiation vs phenotypic plasticity in Chara haitensis. Bull. Soc. Bot. France 138:95-99.
Bock, C.E., J. H. Bock and M. C. Grant. 1992. Effects of bird predation on grasshopper densities in an Arizona grassland. Ecology 73:1706-1717.
Bock, C. E., A. 1Cruz, Jr., M. C. Grant, C. S. Aid and T. R. Strong. 1992. Field experimental evidence for diffuse competition among southwestern riparian birds. American Naturalist 140:815-828
Grant, M.C., J.B. Mitton and Y.B. Linhart. 1992. Even larger organisms. Nature 350:216.
Monson, R. K., M. C. Grant, C. H. 1Jaeger and A. W. 1Schoettle. 1993. Morphological causes for the retention of precipitation in the crowns of alpine plants. Environmental and Experimental Botany 32:319-328.
Grant, M.C. 1993. The trembling giant. Discover 10:82-89. (Popular press)
Grant, M.C. 1993. The joys of teaching science. In: On Teaching (Vol III), M.A. Shea, (Ed.) Faculty Teaching Excellence Program. pp 75-80.
Grant, M.C. and J. Piirto. 1994. Darwin, Dogs and DNA: Freshman Writing About Biology. J. of Science Education and Technology 3(4):1-5.
Bock, C.E., J.B. Bock, M. C. Grant and T.E. Seastedt. 1995. Effects of fire on abundance of Plains Lovegrass (Eragrostis intermedia) in a semiarid grassland in southeastern Arizona. J. of Vegetation Science. 13:23-31.
Mitton, J.B. and M.C. Grant. 1996. Genetic variation and the natural history of quaking aspen. Bioscience 46:25-31.
Robertson, D. and M. C. Grant. 1996. Feedback and chaos in Darwinian evolution, Part I: Theoretical considerations. Complexity 2:10-14
Robertson, D. and M. C. Grant. 1996. Feedback and chaos in Darwinian evolution, Part II: Numerical modeling. Complexity 2: 18-30
Linhart, Y.B. and M. C. Grant. 1996. Evolutionary significance of local genetic differentiation in plants, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 27:237-277
Mitton, J.B., M. C. Grant and A. M. 1Yoshino. 1998. Glycerate dehydrogenase frequencies in pinyon pine are associated with variation in soil moisture and stomata size. American Journal of Botany 85:1262-1265
Bekoff, M., C. Allen, and M. C. Grant. 1999. Feeding decisions by steller's jays (Cyanocitta stelleri): The utility of a logistic regression model for analyses of where, what, and with whom to eat. Ethology 105:393-399
Oline, D1., J. Mitton and M. Grant. 2001. Population and subspecific genetic differentiation in the foxtail pine (Pinus balfourniana). Evolution 54:1813-1819
Oline, D1. and M. Grant. 2002. Scaling patterns of biomass and soil properties: An empirical analysis. Landscape Ecology 17:13-26
Esposito, R.M.M1., Horn, S.L.1, McKnight, D.M., Cox, M.J.1, Grant, M.C., Spaulding, S.A., Doran, P.T. and Cozzetto, K.D. 2006. Antarctic climate cooling and response of diatoms in glacial meltwater streams. Geophysical Research Letters 33 (7): Art. No. L07406 2006
Grant, M. C. and J. B. Mitton. 2010. Case Study: The Glorious, Golden and Gigantic Quaking Aspen. Nature Education Knowledge 1(8):40
McCourt, R.M., Karol, K.G., Hall, J.D., Casanova, M.T. Grant, M.C. 2013, The Charales In Press
1Indicates student at time of preparation
July 1975. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories, Crested Butte, Co. Basic research and administration of field stations.
October 1975. University of Utah, Department of Biology. Population biology of Anthoxanthum odoratum.
November 1976. Colorado State University. Population biology of Front Range forest trees.
February 1977. University of Minnesota. Habitat predictability and statistical techniques of assessing climatic variation.
October 1977. University of Wyoming. Population genetics and population ecology of four Front Range tree species.
October 1979. Washington, D.C. National Commission on Air Quality. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Rockies
January 1980. Society of Sigma Xi, Boulder Chapter. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Rockies.
March 1980. Society of Sigma Xi, Marathon Oil Chapter. Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Co. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Rockies.
May 1980. Washington, D.C. U.S. Clean Air Commission (Sen. Gary Hart, Chair). Acid precipitation in the western U.S.
May 1980. Sierra Club, Boulder Chapter. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Rockies.
September 1980. Guild of Rocky Mountain Population Biologists. Acid precipitation in the western U.S.
October 1981. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo. Population biology of four Front Range conifer species.
April 1982. Golden, Colo., Conference on Acid Precipitation in the western U.S. Colorado Health Department. Precipitation chemistry patterns within the state of Colorado.
April 1983. Boulder, Co. Symposium on Environmental issues of the western U.S. Acid precipitation patterns in Colorado.
April 1984. Society of Sigma Xi., University of Colorado Chapter. Acid precipitation in the Colorado Rockies.
October 1985. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Pinus ponderosa--A study spanning 14 orders of magnitude.
October 1985. Governor's Conference on Acid Precipitation. Laramie, Wyoming. Precipitation chemistry in the state of Colorado.
September 1986. Colorado State University. Ten year patterns of precipitation chemistry at Como Creek, Colorado.
July 1987. XIV International Botanical Congress, Berlin, Germany. Species concepts in Chara.
July 1989. International Symposium on Charophytes, Montpellier, France. Genetic differentiation versus phenotypic plasticity in Chara haitensis.
July 1991. Duke University. Symposium on Modern Population Genetics of Plants. Estimating genetic heritabilities among long lived perennial plants.
November 1991. American Association of Higher Education Symposium: Engaging the Disciplines. Chicago, Ill. Round table discussion participant.
November 1993. American Association of Higher Education Symposium on Teaching Graduate Students to Teach. Chicago, Ill. A program for first year biologists.
November 1993. Invited Mini-Lecture for Board of Directors, Colorado Alumnae Association in conjunction with presentation asking for an Endowed Teaching Chair for the University of Colorado.
March 1994. University of Colorado, Boulder. Faculty Teaching Excellence Program Professional Lecture Series. Interaction between research and teaching.
January 1995, American Association of Higher Education Conference on Faculty Roles and Rewards. Title: Enhancing Awards Programs Through Teaching Academies. Phoenix, AZ.
August 1995. The natural history of quaking aspen. Kiwanis Club, Niwot Colorado
September 1995. Quaking aspen: A marvelous tree species. Environmental Growth Club. Boulder, Colorado
September 1995. Reflections on twenty years of teaching biology. Sigma Xi, Boulder, Colorado
September 1995. Non-Linear Dynamical Approaches to Darwinian Evolution. Guild of Rocky Mountain Population Biologists. Colorado Mountain Research Station
September - October 1996. Evolution: How Humans Fit In. Public lecture series sponsored by the President’s Teaching Scholars program.
November 1996. Evolution in the classroom and in everyday life. Rocky Mountain Skeptics Association.
October 1997. Evolution and Everyday Life. President's Teaching Scholar Outreach Program, Basalt, Colorado
October 1997. Darwin’s View of Life: A lecture series. President’s Teaching Scholar Outreach Program, Boulder, Colorado
January 1999. Quaking aspen: A giant among giants. U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 1999. Why Darwin was right: How we know what we know. President’s Teaching Scholar Outreach Program, Givens Institute, Aspen, Colorado
Fall 1999. Chancellor's Outreach Program Lecture, 'Evolution of Deception' Montrose, Co.
Fall 2000. Keynote Speaker, Conference, Rapid City, S.D.: Biocomplexity: A New Frontier in Biology
Spring 2001. Natural History of Quaking Aspen; Colorado College Colloquium Series in Biology
Spring 2002. Student Outcome Assessment at a Research I University; Colorado State University
Summer 2002. Landscape ecology and scaling issues: an in silico approach. Institute of Conservation Biology, Univ. of Wollongong, Australia
Fall 2003. The Power of Positive Feedback and Evolutionary Extinctions: An examination of Cope’s rule. Colorado State University
Fall 2003. Academic Assessment at a Research I University. Regional Conference on Assessment, University of Northern Colorado
Teaching/Training Activities Outside of the Classroom
Faculty Associate, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, 1989 - 2000. Consulted with individual faculty across all schools and colleges about teaching issues and interests to include videotapes, student opinion survey and classroom visitations. Approximately 50 different
consultations to date and assisted the training of eight other faculty to do these consultations.
Workshops and Symposia as an Invited Panelist/Presenter
Fall 1989. Working in a large lecture environment. Graduate Training Program Workshop (Laura Borders, organizer).
Fall 1989. Consulting with faculty about teaching issues. A workshop for the President's Teaching Scholars program. (with Mary Ann Shea)
Fall 1990. Graduate students and video tapings. College of Engineering (with Mary Ann Shea).
Spring 1991. Discussion in the science classroom (with 2 other faculty).
Spring 1992. Discussion in the science classroom (with 2 other faculty.)
Fall 1992. Workshop for new faculty in business and biology (with Ron Melicher, School of Business).
Fall 1993. Discussion in the science classroom (with 2 other faculty.)
Spring 1994. Taking the pulse of your class: Getting student feedback (with Mary Ann Shea) Workshop for new faculty.
Fall 1994. Discussion in the science classroom (with 2 other faculty.)
Fall 1994. Taking the pulse of your class: Getting student feedback. (with Mary Ann Shea)
Fall 1995. Workshop for new faculty members
Spring 1998. Workshop on the Use and Abuse of FCQs for new faculty.
Spring 1999. Workshop for new faculty: FCQs and teaching strategies
Fall 2002. Invited speaker Colorado State University, Academic Assessment
Spring 2002. Invited workshop leader for faculty, Non-Majors Biology,
Clarion University, Clarion, PA
Spring 2004. Aims Community College: Academic Assessment Strategies
Spring 2006. Moderator, World Affairs Conference panel
Fall 2006- Present. External Scientific Advisory Panel, Wollongong, Australia
Fall 2009. External Advisor, Dept. of Microbiology and Botany, U. of Oklahoma, Norman
Spring 2010. Assessing critical thinking at a research university. Long Beach, Ca.
Spring 2011. A two factor design using the CAT instrument. San Francisco, Ca.
Spring 2011. Higher Learning Commission Re-Accreditation Team, University of Toledo
Spring 2012. Higher Learning Commission Re-Accreditation Team, University of Arizona
Spring 2012. External Advisor, Undergraduate Education, University of Hawaii, Manoa