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Amy S Verhoeven

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Colorado
Office
OWS 357/Lab: OWS388
Phone
(651) 962-5278
Fax
651.926.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

I am a plant physiologist/ biochemist with interests in how plants acclimate and adapt to stressful environments.  I am particularly interested in photosynthesis and photoprotective strategies that plants use in times of stress.  A major research focus has been on low temperature stress, and the questions I have been asking center on how plants deal with high light intensities during winter, when photosynthesis is limited.  My projects have centered on leaf antioxidant systems, a photoprotective process called the xanthophyll cycle, and an examination of how the photosynthetic light harvesting proteins change during acclimation to winter conditions, and upon recovery in the spring.  I am also interested in how plants acclimate to a variety of light conditions, particularly with regard to their complement of photosynthetic proteins. 

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 301 - 02 Biochemistry Seminar Series 1 - T - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 313
CRN: 41780 2 Credit Hours This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 204
BIOL 320 - 01 Plant Physiology M - W - F 1215 - 1320 OSS 122
CRN: 42436 4 Credit Hours The goals of this course are to introduce essential topics within the field of plant physiology, and to engage the theme of sustainability in agriculture as an important global issue with numerous plant physiological applications. The course content includes photosynthesis and other biochemical processes of plants, water transport and nutrient uptake, plant interactions with the environment and hormonal regulation of plants. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209
BIOL 320 - 51 Plant Physiology / Lab M - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 379
CRN: 42437 0 Credit Hours The goals of this course are to introduce essential topics within the field of plant physiology, and to engage the theme of sustainability in agriculture as an important global issue with numerous plant physiological applications. The course content includes photosynthesis and other biochemical processes of plants, water transport and nutrient uptake, plant interactions with the environment and hormonal regulation of plants. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location