David Dornbos, Associate Professor, Biology
Office: DeVries Hall 205
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B.S. in Biology, Calvin College
M.S. in Crop Production and Physiology, The Ohio State University
Ph.D. in Crop Production and Physiology, Iowa State University
-USDA/ARS Post-doctoral Research Scientist of the Bioactive Constituents Research Unit at the Northern Regional Research Center, Peoria, IL
2012: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute URGE Program. $7,000. Productivity of Switchgrass and Corn Grown in Close Proximity with Nitrogen Fixing Autumn Olive and Cow Pea in Productive and Nutrient-poor Soils.
2011: Nagel Institute Fellowship. $6000. Eden School of Agriculture project “Transforming Cambodia: Holistic Application of Sustainable Food Production Methods in Rural Cambodia”.
2010: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute URGE Program. $10,500. Relationship between Nitrogen Fixation Rate, Apparent Photosynthesis Rate, and Chlorophyll Content of Autumn Olive and Potential Impacts on the Competitiveness of Cohabiting Native Plant Species.
Research / Professional Interests
- Global Sustainability Issues: Particularly Utilization of Green Space to Sequester Atmospheric Carbon
- Application of sustainable food production techniques of developed countries
with comparable efforts in Cambodia; optimization of appropriate food
production systems for small shareholder farmers through the NGO Genesis
Community of Learning and Eden School of Agriculture.
- Measurement of the quantity of carbon dioxide assimilated annually by the
greenspace of Calvin College and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to enable
optimization of carbon sequestration efforts through the effective management
of land resources.
- Characterizing the physiological advantages of invasive shrub species of
southwestern Michigan by assessing photosynthesis and transpiration rates,
water and light use efficiencies: common and glossy buckthorn, and autumn
olive compared with a number of native shrub species.
- Optimization of methods to control the buckthorn species and autumn olive in
Life Outside Calvin
Anything outdoors...running, cycling, fishing, hunting, hiking, vegetable gardening
See a partial list of Dr. Dornbos' publications