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Marshall Sundberg

Marshall Sundberg

Professor of Biological Sciences

Campus Box 4050

Building Science Hall

Room 171

  • 620-341-5605

Dr. Marshall Sundberg received the Centennial Award of the Botanical Society of America from co-recipient, Dr. Peter Raven. Dr. Sundberg is a plant anatomist/morphologist interested in ontogeny and the role of plant development in ecological and evolutionary adaptation. Areas of current research include the evolutionary origin of the maize ear and development of the separation zone in Tabasco pepper fruits. He is also interested in science education and has published on curriculum design and assessment.

Major Areas of Research Interest

Floral Initiation and Development
Vascular Differentiation
Ecological Plant Anatomy
Biology Instruction and Curriculum Design

Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Botanical Society of America
Linnaean Society of London, Fellow
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers Association
Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
Society for Economic Botany
The Nature Conservancy

Current Service to the Profession

Editor. Plant Science Bulletin, Botanical Society of America

Editorial Board. Cell Biology Education, American Society for Cell Biology

Steering Committee. Planting Science. Botanical Society of America

Honors and Awards

Centennial Award (Botanical Society of America) 2006
Four Year College Teacher of the Year (National Association of Biology Teachers) -- 1997
Special Award (Botanical Society of America) "For His Commitment to Science Education." -- 1995
Charles H. Bessey Award (Botanical Society of America) – 1992 "For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Botanical Education"
Faculty Grants Scholar (Univ. of Wisc.-Eau Claire) -- 1984-85
Alexander P. Anderson and Lydia Anderson Summer Fellowship ( Univ. of Minn.) -- 1975, 1976
Brand Fellowship ( Univ. of Minn.) -- 1976-77

Recent Courses Taught

Taught using Blackboard™ and, in some courses, personal responders. Access to course documents and assignments by permission only.

Biology of Plants and Laboratory

Economic Botany


General Biology and Laboratory

Honors Biology

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

Selected Recent Publications


Sundberg, M.D. (2007) Collins’ Outlines in Biology. American BookWorks Corporation.

Barstow, W. (ed), Sundberg, M.D. et al. (2005) Testbank for Campbell’s, Biology, 7e. Benjamin Cummings, Redwood City, CA.

Botanical Research:
Orr, Alan R. and Marshall D. Sundberg (2007). Early inflorescence and floret development in Guatemalan teosinte (Zea luxurians Bird). Maydica 52(1):31-47.

Al-khatib, Rami and M.D. Sundberg. 2006. Sclereid Development during Fruit Ripening in Two Lines of Tabasco Pepper (Capsicum frutescens). Proc. Kan. Acad. Sci.109(1/2):58-66.

Sundberg, M.D. (2004) Juried review of “Flowering Plant Embryology” J. Environmental Quality. 33:2386

Alan R. Orr and Marshall D. Sundberg. (2004) Inflorescence development in a new teosinte: Zea nicaraguensis (Poaceae), Amer. J. Bot.91 (2): 165-173.

Sundberg, M.D., Carl E. Motsenbocker, and Yeuhe Huang. (2003) Anatomy of Fruit Detachment in Tabasco Pepper (Capsicum frutescencs, Solanaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130(4): 231-237.

Orr, Alan R., Kevin Mullen, Darcey Klasshsen, and Marshall D. Sundberg. 2002. Inflorescence development in a high altitude annual teosinte of Mexico. Amer. J. Bot.89(11):1730-1740.

Pizzolato, T.D. and M.D. Sundberg. 2002. Initiation of the vascular system in the shoot of Zea mays L. (Poaceae). II. The procambial leaf traces. Int. J. Plant Sci. 163(3): 353-367.

Teaching and Educational Research:
Sundberg, M.D., J.E. Armstrong, and E. W. Wischusen (2005). “A Reappraisal of the Status of Biology Laboratory Education in U.S. Colleges and Universities.” Amer. Biol. Teach. 67(9):525-529.

Sundberg, M.D. 2003. Strategies to Help Students Change Naive Alternative Conceptions about Evolution and Natural Selection. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 23(2):23-26.

Sundberg, Marshall D. 2002. Teacher Training in a Content-Oriented Biology Department.

Sundberg, M.D. 2002. Assessing Student Learning. Cell Biol. Educ.1:11-15.