Dr. Marshall Sundberg receiving the Centennial Award of the Botanical
Society of America from co-recipient, Dr. Peter Raven. Dr. Sundberg
is a plant anatomist/morphologist interested in ontogeny and the role of plant
development in ecological and evolutionary adaptation. Areas of current
research include the evolutionary origin of the maize ear and development of
the separation zone in Tabasco pepper fruits. He is also interested in science
education and has published on curriculum design and assessment.
1. MAJOR AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST
Floral Initiation and Development
Ecological Plant Anatomy
Biology Instruction and Curriculum Design
2. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Botanical Society of America
Linnaean Society of London, Fellow
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers Association
Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
Society for Economic Botany
The Nature Conservancy
3. CURRENT SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Editor. Plant Science
Bulletin, Botanical Society of
Editorial Board. Cell Biology Education, American Society for Cell Biology
Steering Committee. Planting Science. Botanical Society of
4. HONORS AND AWARDS
Centennial Award (Botanical Society of
Special Award (Botanical Society of
Charles H. Bessey Award (Botanical Society of
Faculty Grants Scholar (
Alexander P. Anderson and Lydia Anderson Summer Fellowship ( Univ. of Minn.) -- 1975, 1976
Brand Fellowship ( Univ. of Minn.) -- 1976-77
5. RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
Taught using Blackboard™ and, in some courses, personal responders. Access to course documents and assignments by permission only.
Biology of Plants and Laboratory
General Biology and Laboratory
Plant Anatomy and Physiology
5. SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Sundberg, M.D. (2007) Collins’ Outlines in Biology. American BookWorks Corporation.
Orr, Alan R. and Marshall D. Sundberg (2007). Early inflorescence and floret development in Guatemalan teosinte (Zea luxurians Bird). Maydica 52(1):31-47.
Al-khatib, Rami and M.D. Sundberg.
Development during Fruit Ripening in Two Lines of Tabasco Pepper (Capsicum frutescens).
Sundberg, M.D. (2004) Juried review of “Flowering Plant Embryology” J. Environmental Quality. 33:2386
Alan R. Orr and Marshall D. Sundberg. (2004) Inflorescence development in a new teosinte: Zea nicaraguensis (Poaceae), Amer. J. Bot.91 (2): 165-173.
Sundberg, M.D., Carl E. Motsenbocker, and Yeuhe Huang. (2003) Anatomy of Fruit Detachment in Tabasco Pepper (Capsicum frutescencs, Solanaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130(4): 231-237.
Orr, Alan R., Kevin Mullen, Darcey Klasshsen, and Marshall D. Sundberg. 2002. Inflorescence development in a high
altitude annual teosinte of
Pizzolato, T.D. and M.D. Sundberg. 2002. Initiation of the vascular system in the shoot of Zea mays L. (Poaceae). II. The procambial leaf traces. Int. J. Plant Sci. 163(3): 353-367.
Teaching and Educational Research:
Sundberg, M.D., J.E. Armstrong, and E. W. Wischusen (2005). “A Reappraisal of the Status of Biology Laboratory Education in
2003. Strategies to Help
Students Change Naive Alternative Conceptions about Evolution and Natural
Selection. Reports of the
Sundberg, Marshall D. 2002. Teacher Training in a Content-Oriented Biology Department.
Sundberg, M.D. 2002. Assessing Student Learning. Cell Biol. Educ.1:11-15.
Department of Biological Sciences