Howard S. Neufeld
Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Neufeld is currently a Professor in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. He received a B.S. in Forestry from Rutgers University in 1975, a M.F. in Forest Sciences from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Georgia in 1984. After his first postdoctoral position at New Mexico State University (where he studied light interception by creosotebushes and salt tolerance in range grasses), he began a National Research Council post-doctoral appointment under Drs. Dave Tingey and Bill Hogsett at the EPA Lab in Corvallis, OR, where he worked on the effects of ozone on root growth of tree seedlings. He has served as President of both The Association of Southeastern Biologists and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. He currently serves as Chair of AppalAIR, the interdisciplinary atmospheric research group at ASU and was the first Director of the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center which resides within ASU’s Research Institute for the Environment, Energy and Economics. He is also known as the “Fall Color Guy”, and writes about fall leaf colors on Facebook.
Dr. Neufeld’s research expertise is in the area of plant physiological ecology, and has included work on desert plants, forest understory plants, and the role of anthocyanins in vegetative tissues in plants. For over 30 years, he has been active in air pollution effects research; he was the principal investigator of a National Park-U.S. EPA sponsored research project on the effects of ozone on plants native to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and since 1992, his research group has investigated the impacts of ozone on native wildflowers in the Park. He has published over 40 papers and one book chapter, and mentored 28 graduate students, six of whom have completed their Ph.Ds at other institutions, with another 3 in progress towards their doctorates. He is the recipient of several awards at ASU for his research, including the Wachovia Award for Achievement in Environmental Research, the Faculty Research and Meritorious Teaching Awards from the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the local Sigma Xi Chapter Outstanding Researcher Award, the 100 Scholars Award for Research from the ASU Office of Research and Graduate Education, and in the fall of 2012, was named the Donald W. Sink Outstanding Researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he organized the two-semester long Darwin Bicentennial Celebration at ASU, which brought in 14 distinguished Darwin Scholars in what was the largest such speaker series in the country.