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Susan Schwinning's Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. Ecology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson.



M.S. Plant Physiology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis.



Diplom Biology, Department of Biology, University of Gottingen, Germany.






Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Texas State University, San Marcos.

2005 - present


Academic Associate, School of Natural Resources , University of Arizona,Tucson.

2001 - present


Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center, Oracle, Arizona.

2002 - 2003


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1997 - 2001


Research Scientist, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Okehampton, UK.



Honors and Awards


John L. Harper Prize for a paper published in Journal of Ecology.





Ecological Society of America

British Ecological Society

American Geophysical Union

1990 - present

1994 - present

2001 - present





Woody encroachment into desert grassland: experimental assessment of the critical seedling establishment phase, NSF (DEB), co-PIs: Steve Archer, Larry Howery, $450,000.

 2005 - 2007


Precipitation pulse effects in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, NSF (DEB) workshop grant, $20,000.



Improving the reliability of non-fertilized grass/clover pasture - a proposed mechanism and its test, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK, £172,000.

1996 - 1999


Professional Services


Consulting Editor, Plant and Soil
Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology