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John M. Herr

Title: Distinguished Professor
Deceased in 2016
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences


John M. Herr, Jr. Education: University of Virginia, BA and MA degrees in Biology; University of North Carolina, Ph.D in Botany; University of Delhi, India, postdoctoral appointment; Fulbright Fellowship.  Positions:  Washington and Lee University; Pfeiffer College; University of South Carolina retired, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, after 34 years of service, 1993. Teaching:  Courses in Botany to include Plant Anatomy, Morphology, and Embryology.  Research: Development of techniques in microscopy; flowering plant embryology; studies in the evolutionary origin of seeds and leaves.  Service:  Served on many University and College committees; author of the guidelines for organizing the USC Faculty Senate and later of the provision for a two-year term of office for the Senate Chair; fifth chair of the faculty senate; chair of the endowment committee for the A. C. Moore Herbarium and Garden; former president and author of the Constitution and Bylaws for the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, the Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society, and the Thomas Cooper Society; author of the Constitution and Bylaws for the Society of Herbarium Curators; on journal editorial boards for Phytomorphology (India); Acta Biologica Cracoviensia, Botanica (Poland); Southeastern Naturalist (USA).  Awards:  Meritorious Teaching Award, Senior Research Award and Lifetime Service Award (Association of Southeastern Biologists); the Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew Lifetime Service Award (Southern Appalachian Botanical Society). 


 1995.   The Origin of the Ovule.  Amer. J. Bot. 82(4): 547-564 (Invited Special Paper)

 1999.   Endosperm development in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica  41: 103-109.

 1999.   On the origin of leaves: The telome theory revised. Phytomorphology 49(2): 111-134.

 2000.   On the origin of the ovule: Some key events and their impact. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 42(2): 21-30.

 2000.   A calmodulin-related protein that suppresses posttranscriptional gene silencing in plants. Science 290: 142-145. (with R. Anandalakshma, R. Marathe, Xin Ge, C. Mau, A. Mallory, G. Pruss, L. Bowman, and V. Vance).

 2000.   Clearing Techniques for unusual studies in seed plant embryology.  Bootanical Guidebooks 24: 25-39.

 2001.   Basal stem tumours of transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. and N. benthamiana Domin) and certain galls and burls: Causes and anatomical features in common.  Phytomorphology Golden Jubilee Issue: 167-179.

 2010.   Investigations of Structural and Developmental Variation in Angiosperms: The Art and Science of focused Effort  (Invited Paper). Southeastern Biology 57(1): 58-81.

 2012.   Defective development of male and female gametophytes in Arundo donax L. (Poaceae).  Biomass and Bioenergy  (Submitted with Erika Balogh, Mihaly Czako, and Laszlo

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