Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc.

1. Summary of the founders' qualifications and their motivation to found the Consortium

The Consortium grew out of the long experience of the founders in research, teaching, reviewing, discussing, and community work on issues of global change. 

Co-founder Vince Gutschick's scientific career morphed over 4+ decades from topics of basic research in quantum mechanics and liquid-state physics, through photochemical events in photosynthesis, plant bioenergetics, and plant resource use, to physiological ecology.  Along the way, he became involved in agricultural research, remote sensing, and energy technology assessment.  The diversity of fields in his work is reflected in his publications in 4 different ecology journals, 7 plant physiology and botany journals, 3 agronomy and forestry journals, 4 other biology journals, and 11 physics and chemistry journals - mostly international in scope - plus 5 book chapters and one sole-authored book.  He has reviewed for 29 different major journals in physics, biophysics, chemistry, ecology, botany, agriculture, and remote sensing and for 6 national and international granting agencies. 

Co-founder Lou Ellen Kay pursued a career that began in research and moved primarily to science teaching at the university level, with fruitful efforts as well in environmental work and public education, such as her consultancy at the Smithsonian Institution.

Progressively, global change became the dominant organizer of Vince's work in both research and teaching.  He developed contacts in a great variety of research communities - physics, chemistry, plant physiology, ecology, remote sensing, and more - via direct collaborations on published research, workshops, program reviews, panel memberships, professional meetings, and direct contacts on technical and conceptual issues.   At the same time, Lou Ellen's work turned to developing a school to train the next generation of leaders in science, technology, and major social endeavors.

It became clear to Vince that global change issues demanded both immediate action and applying the knowledge embodied in the careers of himself and of his many professional contacts.  He conceived a business plan, novel in some aspects, that enables the Consortium to engage the expertise of his many contacts.  They remain in their stable professional positions while contracting to work on specific projects with schedules and compensation negotiated to the best benefit of both these participants and the client.  The primary organization of the Consortium is Web-based for finding clients, identifying team members for each project, and handling data and finances.  The model scales readily with minimal additional capitalization.

With advice from other consultants, as well as accountants, Web developers, and others, Vince and Lou Ellen formally incorporated the Consortium in August, 2007.   They began assembling a Web presence in advance, in May, 2007 on a commercial Web hosting service.  Vince is the principal Web developer, having learned PHP.  Reimbursable consulting efforts began in June, 2008.


2. Professional biographies

   Vincent P. Gutschick, Co-founder and treasurer of S-corporation

   Lou Ellen Kay, Co-founder and secretary of S-corporation


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Professional Biography of Vincent P.Gutschick

29 August 2013

Dr.Gutschick, a professor of biology, emeritus, of New Mexico State University, directs a new consulting firm, the Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc. (, incorporated in the state of New Mexico.  The consortium operates on a novel business plan.  Members join with declared expertises and declared requirements and constraints for contractual work.  The consortium first major contract was with BP for their Azerbaijan operations and is currently working on optimizing deficit irrigation on major nut crops in 3 western states, using physiological and micrometeorological modelling.  Another contract was for development of a highly automated system for fetching MODIS remote-sensing images and processing them to estimate land-surface evapotranspiration over the Western US.  Dr. Gutschick is also doing pro bono work on evaluating liquid fluoride thorium reactors as a societal benefit, a very low-C energy source (significant CO2  emissions only for construction).  Consortium activities are ramping up again after Dr. Gutschick devoted 3 years as a co-founder of a non-profit, private, secular school, the Las Cruces Academy, which emphasizes math, science, and languages (   He is chair of the board, business manager, IT resource, occasional science lecturer, and science/math outreach presenter.  He is a Professor, Emeritus in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University.  


Much of his research over the past decades centered on plant adaptations in photosynthesis and water use, both agricultural and ecological, incorporating extensive use of physiological and micrometeorological models for hypothesis development. Dr. Gutschick retains breadth in research, which recently extended to remote sensing of landscape water use.  He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications in 33 different international and national journals in the fields of chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering (11 journals), remote sensing (3 journals), plant physiology and botany (7 journals), ecology (4 journals), agronomy (3 journals), other fields of biology (5 journals), and in books (1 sole-author monograph and chapters in 14 books).   He currently reviews for a number of journals and has reviewed for 29 different international and national journals in those fields.  He has reviewed research and SBIR proposals for DOE, NASA, NOAA, USDA, the European Union, and NSF,  including a year (1992-3) as a program officer at NSF.  He has held research grants from the USGS, NOAA, NSF, EPA, and a variety of regional consortia. Dr. Gutschick has given talks at 24 international meetings, most recently in Cambridge, England, and has given over 50 talks or posters at national meetings.


Dr. Gutschick has a breadth of experience in teaching and communication at levels from professional to public outreach.  Dr. Gutschick has taught formal courses in quantum scattering theory, quantum chemistry, general chemistry, global change, remote sensing of water issues, extreme events, and a diverse cross-section of biology, including general biology, botany, plant physiology, ecology, plant ecology, plant-animal-microbial physiology, biophysical ecology, biological numeracy, plant water relations and mineral nutrition, physiological ecology, biological modeling, and biological instrumentation.   He has also done public / outreach presentations in the public schools and museums and in brief radio and TV sessions.


    His major current interests are in:

·         energy technology assessment, including challenges for incorporating renewables into the energy economy as well as intrinsically safe and efficient nuclear power (liquid fluoride thorium reactors);

·         global change: the role of vegetation in climate via water and car­bon fluxes; the inadequately addressed direct responses  of crops and wild vegetation to elevated atmospheric CO2 (many of the responses being deleterious or poorly predictable); vegetation responses to climatic change and attendant biotic changes, particularly the physiological and evolutionary responses to extreme events;

·         agricultural water and nitrogen use, particularly optimal use of irrigation water during irrigation shortfalls that are increasing in frequency, and

·         Development of sufficient modeling power in these and other inquiries.  On the invitation of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State Universit, Columbus, OH, he initiated and then co-organized a week-long workshop, Mathematical Biology of Plant Development, 27 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2010.


            His wife, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, his son, David, and he have traveled in 36 nations on 6 continents for business and pleasure, with particular interest in local culture and biology.  Vince, as he is known to all his friends, is also an avid photographer, racquetball player, and cook.


Personal background

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Research record


   Reports, conference proceedings, film

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Personal background:

Born: Berwyn, Illinois, U.S.A. Citizenship: U.S.A.


California Institute of Technology,Pasadena, California. Sept., 1966 to Sept., 1971. Ph. D., chemistry,Sept., 1971, formally awarded June, 1972. Thesis title: 1. Ultrasonic studies of binary liquid structure in the critical region. Theory and experiment for the 2,6-lutidine/water system. 2. Hartree-Fock calculations of electric polarizabilities of some simple atoms and molecules, and their practicality. 3.Calculation of vibrational transition porbabilities in collinear atom-diatom and diatom-diatom collisions with Lennard-Jones interaction.

  Advisors: B. V.McKoy (chemistry) and C. J. Pings (chemical engineering)

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. Sept., 1963 to August, 1966. B. S., chemistry, summa cum laude, August, 1966.


Professional Experience:

1/08-date                       Early retirement as Prof., Emeritus.  Founder of small consulting firm & board chair/business manager/science lecturer of non-profit private secular school

5/99-11/99, 6/00

Visiting scientist, Ecophysiology laboratory, INRA - ENSA M,




Visiting Fellow, Australian National University ,Ecosystem Dynamics






8/92 - 8/93:

Program Officer, Functional and Physiological Ecology, NSF

8/91 – 1/08:

Prof. of Biology, New Mexico State University

1/92 - 6/92:

Visiting Scientist, Carnegie Inst., Dept. of Plant Biology, Stanford, CA

7/91 - 12/91:

Visiting Scientist, Div. of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

7/85 - 8/91:

Assoc. Prof. of Biology, New Mexico State University

10/78 - 7/85:

Staff member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Environmental Science

10/77 - 10/78:

Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Environmental Science

7/75 - 10/77:

Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory,


Theoretical Biology

7/74 - 7/75:

Postdoctoral Fellow (M. Fixman, Chemistry), Yale University

7/72 - 7/74:

J. W. Gibbs Instructor, Yale University

9/71 - 7/72:

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (R. A. Harris, Chemistry),


University of California, Berkeley


Memberships: Ecological Society of America. American Institute of Biological Sciences American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union.

Honors and Awards:

Distinguished Career Award, University Research Council, New Mexico State University, January, 2006.

Invited speaker at national or international meetings: American Geophysical Union winter meeting, San Francisco, Dec., 1998, Hydrology Sec­tion; New Phytologist conference on leaf structure and function, Oct., 1998, Montpellier, France; 41st Harden Conference, "Photoinhibition of Photosynthesis: From Molecular Mechanisms to the Field," The Biochemical Society, Wye College, and 6 other international conferences

NSF Mid-Career Fellowship in Environmental Biology.  Awarded May,1991, for tenure August 1991 - June 1992 at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, La Trobe University,Melbourne, Australia, and Stanford University / the Carnegie Institution, Division of Plant Biology.

Distinguished Visitor Fellowship, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora), Australia. Revised to shorter visit, November,1991, to accomodate grant above.

Fellow, Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), Univ. of Göttingen, Germany;  Inst. für Bioklimatologie (Host: Prof. Dr.G. Gravenhorst), July - Aug. 1989

Invited keynote speaker, Third Kettering International Symposium on Nitrogen Fixation, Madison, Wisconsin, 12-16 June 1978.

Miller Foundation Fellow, University of California, Berkeley. Appointed 1970 to 1972. Declined for pressing personal reasons.



•1987. Vincent P.Gutschick, Michael H. Barron, David A. Waechter, and Michael Wolf. Method and apparatus for measuring solar radiation in a vegetative canopy. U.S.Patent 4,678,330.

     7 July 1987.



        Recent invited book chapters and encyclopedia entries, reviewed:

   V. P. Gutschick. In review. Leaf energy balance.  In: Canopy Photosynthesis: From Basics to Applications, eds.  K. Hikosaka, Ü. Niinemets, and N. P. R. Anten, Springer, Dordrecht.

V. P. Gutschick. Extreme episodic events.  In: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability.

V. P. Gutschick. 2012. Transport in individuals. In: Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology, eds. A. Hastings and L. J. Gross, University of California Press pp. 744-752.


      In preparation:

   Guangyou Hao, Maciej Zwieniecki, Vince Gutschick, Noel Michele Holbrook, and H. BassiriRad. Hydraulic and allometric regulations of species-specific responses of stomtatal conductance to elevated CO2

   H. BassiriRad and V. P. Gutschick. (Tentative title) Reconciling factors that explain highly variable responses of stomatal conductance to elevated CO2.

     In press:

     Published :

   R.J. Heerema, R. St. Hilaire, D. Van Leeuwen, B. Cook, and V. P. Gutschick. Leaf photosynthesis in nitrogen-starved 'Western' pecan is lower on fruiting shoots than non-fruiting shoots during kernel fill. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science.139: 267-274.

   V. P. Gutschick and Z. Sheng. Control of atmospheric fluxes from a pecan orchard by physiology, meteorology, and canopy structure: modeling and measurement. Agricultural Water Management 129: 200-211.

   G. J. Kidron and V. P. Gutschick. 2013. Soil moisture correlates with shrub-grass association in the Chihuahuan Desert. Catena 107:71-79.

   T. E. Sammis, V. P. Gutschick, J. Wang, D. R. Miller. 2013. Model of water and nitrogen management in pecan trees under normal and resource-limited conditions. Agricultural Water Management 124: 28-36.

I. Mariotto, V. P. Gutschick, and D. L. Clason. 2011. Mapping evapotranspiration from ASTER Data through GIS spatial integration of vegetation and terrain features. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 77: 483-493.

I. Mariotto and V. P. Gutschick. 2010. Non-Lambertian corrected albedo and vegetation index for estimating land evapotranspiration in a heterogeneous semi-arid landscape. Remote Sensing 2: 926-938; doi:10.3390/rs2040926.

V. P. Gutschick, T. W. Sammis, J. Wang, M. Shukla, and R. St. Hilaire. 2010. A Three-State Pecan-Almond Project: Help from Physiological Models, Remote Sensing, & Ground-Based Measurements. Proc. National Pecan Research & Extension Scientists Meeting, Ardmore, OK, May 26-May 29, 2009.

V. P. Gutschick and H. BassiriRad. 2010. Biological extreme events: a research framework. Eos 91:85-91.

J. Wang, T. W. Sammis, V. P. Gutschick, M. Gebremichael, and D. R. Miller. 2009. Sensitivity analysis of the Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL). Trans. ASABE 52:801-811.

J. M. Wang, D. R. Miller, T. W. Sammis, V. P. Gutschick, and L. J. Simmons. 2008. Energy balance measurements and a simple model for estimating pecan water use efficiency. Agricultural Water Management.

H. BassiriRad, V. P. Gutschick, and H. L. Sehtiya. 2008. From microbial activities to root uptake kinetics: the role of rhizospheric biology in plant nitrogen uptake.  In: Quantifying and Understanding Plant Nitrogen Uptake for Systems Modeling, eds. L. Ma, L. R. Ahuja, T. Bruulsema.  CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Pp. 71-93.

   V. P. Gutschick. LIHD versus HILD biofuels. 2007. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 6: 292-295.

   V. P. Gutschick. 2007. Plant acclimation to elevated CO2 - from simple regularities to biogeographic chaos. Ecological Modelling 200: 433-451.

   J. C. Kallestad, T. W. Sammis, J. G. Mexal, V. P. Gutschick. 2007. The impact of prolonged flood-irrigation on leaf gas exchange in mature pecans in an orchard setting. International Journal of Plant Production. 1: 163-177.

   J. M. Wang, D. R. Miller, T. W. Sammis, V. P. Gutschick, L. J. Simmons, A. A. Andales. 2007. Energy balance measurements and a simple model for estimating pecan water use efficiency. Agricultural Water Management 91: 92-101.

J. M. Wang, T. W. Sammis, A. A. Andales, L. J. Simmons, V. P. Gutschick, and D. R. Miller. 2007.Crop coefficients of open-canopy pecan orchards. Agricultural Water Management 88: 253-262.

A. Andales, J. Wang, T. W. Sammis, J. G. Mexal, L. J. Simmons, D. R. Miller, and V. P. Gutschick. 2006. A model of pecan tree growth for the management of pruning and irrigation. Agricultural Water Management 84: 77-88.

V. P. Gutschick and K.A. Snyder. 2006. Water and energy balances. In: Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem, eds. W.H. Schlesinger, K. M. Havstad, and L. F. Huenneke. Oxford Univ. Press. Pp. 176-188.

K. A. Snyder and V. P. Gutschick. Temporal variation in water availability. Proc. Sixth Symposium on the Natural Resources of the Chihuahuan Desert, Sul Ross State Univ., Alpine, TX, 15-16 Oct. 04.

V. P. Gutschick and J. C. Pushnik. 2005. Internal regulation of nutrient uptake by relative growth rate and nutrient-use efficiency. In Ecological Studies: Nutrient Acquisition by Plants: An Ecological Perspective, ed. H. BassiriRad. Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 63-88.

V. P. Gutschick. 2004. Ecofisiología de plantas del desierto: El qué y porque de las respuestas al estrés en las plantas nativas y cultivadas. Proc., IV Simposio Internacional sobre la Flora Silvestre en Zonas Aridas, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, 13-14 Sept. 04; invited plenary presentation. Initially on CD.

N. Puppula, D. Smith, V. P. Gutschick. 2004. Evapotranspiration, yield, and water-use efficiency responses of Lesquerella fendleri at different growth stages. Industrial Crops and Products 21: 33-47.

V. P. Gutschick and A. J. Bloom. 2003. Crossroads of animal, plant, and microbial physiological ecology: Report on a symposium at the 85th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Madison, Wisconsin, August, 2001 (symposium organized by the authors) . BioScience 53: 256-259.

V. P. Gutschick and L. E. Kay. 2003. Leaf structure. In: Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science, ed. R. N. Goodman.  Marcel Dekker, New York

V. P. Gutschick and H. BassiriRad. 2003. Tansley Review: Extreme events as shaping physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants: toward a unified definition and evaluation of their consequences. New Phytologist 160: 21-42.

V. P. Gutschick. 2002. Should you use a digital camera in your research? Bull. Ecol. Soc. Am.

V. P.Gutschick and T. Simmoneau. 2002. Modelling stomatal conductance of field-grown sunflower under varying soil water status and leaf environment: comparison of three models of response to leaf environment and coupling with an ABA-based model of response to soil drying. Plant Cell Environ. 25: 1423-1434.

M. Ball, J. J. G. Egerton, J. L. Lutze, V.P. Gutschick, and R. B. Cunningham. 2002. Mechanisms of competition: thermal inhibition of tree seedling growth by grass. Oecologia 133: 120-130.

J. A. Anchondo, M. M. Wall, V.P.Gutschick, and D. W.Smith. Pigment and micronutrient con­centration in iron-deficient chile peppers in hydroponics. Hort. Sci. 36: 1206-1210.

J. A. Anchondo, M. M. Wall, V.P.Gutschick, and D. W.Smith. 2002. Reduced growth and yield of iron-deficient chile peppers in hydroponics. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127: 205-210.

H. BassiriRad, V.P.Gutschick, and J. Lussenhop. 2001. Root system adjustments: regulation of plant nutrient uptake and growth responses to elevated CO2. Oecologia 126: 305-320.

A. Zerihun, V.P.Gutschick, and H. BassiriRad. 2000. Compensatory roles of nitrogen uptake and photosynthetic N-use efficiency in determining plant growth response to elevated CO2: Evaluation using a functional balance model. Ann. Botany 86(4): 723-730.

V. Gutschick. 1999. Biotic and abiotic consequences of differences in leaf structure. New Phy­tol. 143: 3-18.

V. P.Gutschick. 1997. Photosynthesis, productivity, and biomass allocation in annual crops. In Agricultural Ecology, ed. L. Jackson. Academic, Orlando, FL. Pp. 39-78.

V. P.Gutschick. 1995. Physiological control of evapotranspiration by shrubs: scaling measurements from leaf to stand with the aid of comprehensive models, in Proceedings: Shrubland Ecosystem Dynamics in a Changing Environment, eds. J. R. Barrow, E.D. McArthur,R.E. Sosebee, and R. J. Tausch. Ogden, UT,Intermountain Research Station, U. S. Dept. of Agri­culture.

V. P.Gutschick and L. E. Kay.1995. Nutrient-limited growth rates: Quantitative benefits of stress responses and some aspects of regulation. J. Exp. Bot. 46: 995-1009.

V. P.Gutschick. 1994. Light regimes and energy balance in canopies. In: Photoinhibition of Photosynthesis: From Molecular Mechanisms to the Field, eds. J. R. Bowyer and N. R. Baker,The Biochemical Society,London, pp. 391-405.

V. P.Gutschick. 1993. Nutrient-limited growth rates: roles of nutrient-use efficiency and of adaptations to increase uptake rate. J. Exp. Bot. 44: 41-51.

V. P.Gutschick. 1991. Modeling photosynthesis and water-use efficiency of canopies as affected by leaf and canopy traits. Pages 57-72 in: Modeling Crop Photosynthesis: From Biochem­istry to the Canopy, eds. K. J. Boote and R. S. Loomis. Crop Sci. Soc. Amer.Special Publ. 19, Madison, WI.

L. E. Kay and V.P.Gutschick. 1991. Nonrecirculating hydroponic system suitable for uptake studies at very low nutrient concentrations. Plant Physiol. 95: 1125-1130.

V. P.Gutschick. 1991. Joining leaf photosynthesis models and canopy photon-transport models. In: Photon-Vegetation Interaction: Applications in Optical Remote Sensing and Plant Ecology ,eds. R. B. Myneni and J. Ross. Springer Verlag, Berlin. Pp. 501-535.

V. P.Gutschick. 1989., J. C. Pushnik, and B. A. Swanton. Optimizing photosynthesis and water-use efficiency with the aid of models. Pages 538-546 in: Proc. Int. Cong. Plant Physiology, eds. S. K. Sinha, P.V.Sane, S. C. Bhargava, and P.K.Agrawal. Soc. Plant Physiol. and Biochem., Indian Agric. Res. Inst., New Delhi.

V. P.Gutschick. 1988a. Optimization of specific leaf mass, internal CO2 concentration, and chlorophyll content in crop canopies. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 26: 525-537.

V. P.Gutschick and F.W.Wiegel. 1988b. Optimizing the canopy photosynthetic rate by patterns of investment in specific leaf mass. Am. Nat. 132: 67-86.

R. Myneni, V.P.Gutschick, G. Asrar,and E. T.Kanemasu. 1988c. Photon transport in vegeta­tion canopies with anisotropic scattering. Part I. Scattering phase functions in one angle. Agric. For. Meteorol. 42: 1-16.

R. Myneni, V.P.Gutschick, G. Asrar, and E. T.Kanemasu. 1998d. ____ Part II. Discrete-ordinates/exact-kernel technique for one-angle photon transport in slab geometry.Ibid. 17-40.

R. Myneni, V.P.Gutschick, G. Asrar, and E. T.Kanemasu. 1988e ____ Part III. Scattering phase functions in twoangles. Ibid. 87-99.

R. Myneni, V.P.Gutschick, G. Asrar, and E. T.Kanemasu. 1988f. ____ Part IV.Discrete-ordinates/exact-kernel technique for two-angle photon transport in slab geometry.Ibid. 101-120.

V. P.Gutschick, J. C. Pushnik, and B. A. Swanton. 1988g. Use of plant growth chambers at high irradiance levels. BioScience 38: 44-47.

V. P.Gutschick. 1987a. Quantifying limits to photosynthesis.       Pages 67-87 in: Plant Growth Modeling for Resource Management, Vol. II: Quantifying Plant Processes, eds. K. Wisiol and  J. D. Hesketh. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

V. P.Gutschick. 1987b.A Functional Biology of Crop Plants. Croom Helm, London/ Timber Press, Portland, OR. 230+x pp.

V. P.Gutschick, M. H. Barron, D. A. Waechter, and M. A. Wolf. 1985.  Portable monitor for solar radiation that accumulates irradiance histograms for 32 leaf-mounted sensors. Agric. Meteorol. 33: 281-290.

V. P.Gutschick. 1985. Consistent sub-microformal traces of phosphate in doubly deionized and deionized-distilled water.Talanta. 32: 93-94.

V. P.Gutschick, M. M. Nieto, C. M. Bender, F.Cooper, and D. Strottman. 1985. Resonances in quantum mechanical tunneling. Phys. Lett. 163B: 336-342.

C. M. Bender, F.Cooper,V.P.Gutschick, and M. M. Nieto. 1985. Simple approach to tunnel­ing using the method of finite elements. Phys. Rev. D32: 1486-1490.

V. P.Gutschick. 1984a. Photosynthesis model for C3 leaves incorporating CO2 transport, radiation propagation, and biochemistry. 1. Kinetics and their parametrization. Photosynthetica. 18: 549-568.

V. P.Gutschick. 1984b.____. 2. Ecological and agricultural utility. Photosynthetica 18: 569-595.

V. P.Gutschick. 1984c. ____. Statistical penetration of diffuse light into vegetative canopies: effect on photosynthetic rate and utility for canopy measurement. Agric. Meteorol. 30: 327-341.

V. P.Gutschick and F.W.Wiegel. 1984. Radiative transfer in plant canopies and other layered media: rapidly solvable exact integral equation not requiring Fourier resolution. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 31: 71-82.

M. M. Nieto, T.Goldman, and V.P.Gutschick. 1983. An electronic gravimeter to measure g(r). Geophysics 48: 39-41.

M. M. Nieto and V.P.Gutschick. 1983. The rotating harmonic oscillator: its general solution and the lack of ground-state energy equipartition. Phys. Rev. A28: 471-473.

V. P.Gutschick. 1982. Energetics of microbial fixation of dinitrogen. Adv.Biochem. Eng. 21: 109-167.

V. P.Gutschick. 1981a. Evolved strategies of nitrogen acquisition by plants. Am. Nat. 118: 607-637.

M. M. Nieto, L. M. Simmons, Jr., and V.P.Gutschick. 1981. Coherent states for general poten­tials. VI. Conclusions about the classical motion and the WKB approximation. Phys. Rev. D23: 927-933.

M. M. Nieto and V.P.Gutschick. 1981. Inequivalence of the classes of classical and quantum harmonic potentials: proof by example. Phys. Rev. D23: 922-926.

V. P.Gutschick. 1980a. Energy flows in the nitrogen cycle, especially in fixation. In: Nitrogen Fixation, Vol. I: Free-Living Systems and Chemical Models. W. E.Newton and W.H.Orme-Johnson, eds. University Park Press, Baltimore. Pp. 17-27.

V. P.Gutschick. 1980b.(Gaseous N-losses from soybean foliage; untitled letter). Agron. J. 72: 178.

V. P.Gutschick. 1980c. Energy farming. BioScience 30: 221.

V. P.Gutschick, A. J. Watson, J. E. Lovelock, and L. Margulis (letters). 1980. Discussion: What controls atmospheric oxygen? BioSystems 12: 123-125.

V. P.Gutschick, M. M. Nieto, and L. M. Simmons, Jr.1980. Coherent states for the “isotonic oscillator.” Phys. Lett. 76A: 15-18.

V. P.Gutschick and M. M. Nieto. 1980. Coherent states for general potentials. V.Time evolu­tion. Phys. Rev. D22: 403-418.

V. P.Gutschick. 1978a. Energy and nitrogen fixation. BioScience 28: 571-575.

V. P.Gutschick. 1978b. Concentration quenching in chlorophyll-a and relation to functional charge transfer in vivo. J.Bioenerg. Biomembr.10: 153-170.

V. P.Gutschick. 1975. Quantum chemistry: easing the paradox of the preferred axis for angular momentum. J. Chem. Ed. 52: 432-433.

V. P.Gutschick and V.McKoy.1973. Calculation of Hartree-Fock polarizabilities for some sim­ple atoms and molecules, and their practicality. J.Chem. Phys. 58: 2397-2401.

E. F.O’Brien, V.P.Gutschick, V.McKoy, and J. P.McTague. 1973. Polarizability of interacting atoms: relation to collision-induced light scattering and dielectric models. Phys. Rev. A8: 690-696.

C. J. Pings and V.P.Gutschick. 1971. Absorption of sound near critical states. Chem. Eng. Progress Symp. Ser. 67, No. 109: 13-17.

V. P.Gutschick and C. J. Pings. 1971a. Rederivation and analysis of Fixman’stheory of excess sound absorption near fluid critical points. J. Chem. Phys. 55: 3840-3844.

V. P.Gutschick and C. J. Pings. 1971b.Ultrasonic investigation of the lower consolute point of the 2,6-lutidine:water system. J. Chem. Phys. 55: 3845-3850.

V. P.Gutschick, V.McKoy, and D. J. Diestler.1970. Calculation of transition probabilities for collinear atom-diatom and diatom-diatom collisions with Lennard-Jones interaction. J. Chem. Phys. 52: 4807-4817.

Reports, Conference Proceedings, and Film:

V. P.Gutschick and G. L. Cunningham. 1989. A physiological route to increased water-use effi­ciency in alfalfa. Report 239, New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, Las Cruces, NewMexico. 37+vii pp.

V. P.Gutschick. 1986. Assessing various proposals for novel N-fertilizer supplies and for improving plant nutrient-use efficiency. Proc. 6th Internat. Colloq. on Optimization of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 3, pp. 935-940. Ed./Publ. P.Martin-Prevel, Montpellier,France.

V. P.Gutschick and L. E. Kay.1986. Root adaptations at stress levels of nitrate, phosphate, or both simultaneously.Ibid., Vol. 3, pp. 941-947.

L. E. Kay and V.P.Gutschick. 1986. Solution culture method for studying nutrient uptake and stress. Ibid., Vol3, pp. 1003-1007.

V. P.Gutschick. 1981b. Soil loss and leaching, habitat destruction, land and water demand in energy-crop monoculture: some quantitative limits. Proc. 3rd Internat. Conf. Energy Use Mgmt., Berlin, Vol. 2, pp. 509-518.

V. P.Gutschick. 1980d. A preliminary assessment of environmental, health, and safety issues in coal liquefaction. Los Alamos National Laboratory report LA-8578-MS. Los Alamos, New Mexico.

V. P.Gutschick, M. M. Nieto, and F.Baker.1979. Time-evolution of coherent states for general potentials. 13 min., 16 mm. color/sound computer-generated movie. Cinesound Co., Holly­wood, CA.

V. P.Gutschick and K. Rea. 1978. Environmental assessment of dissolved gases in LASL’s Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Source Demonstration Project. Geothermal Res. Coun. Trans. 2: 249-252.

V. P.Gutschick. 1977. Long-term strategies for supplying nitrogen to crops. Los Alamos Scien­tific Laboratory report LA-6700-MS. Los Alamos, New Mexico.


Research grants:


  Dr. Gutschick has performed funded research since joining the undergraduate research group of Dr. Oliver G. Ludwig at the University of Notre Dame in 1963.  His undergraduate work resulted in a thesis, “Computational methods in quantum chemistry: the electron repulsion integrals…”  His Ph. D. research was funded by an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and by funding of his advisors, B. V. McKoy and C. J. Pings.  His postdoctoral research was funded by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.  His research at Yale was supported as part of his J. W. Gibbs Instructorship.  His postdoctoral research at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (title of the institution has since changed) was supported by a Director’s Fellowship and by funding of his advisor, W. B. Goad.

   Research grants held since by Dr. Gutschick include:

    Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory ISRD internal funding, 1978-1985, as PI, on atmospheric

       sensors for N cycle compounds and for plant mineral nutrition. Ca. $80K/y.

    U.S. DOE, 1981-1985, as PI, on plant mineral nutrition. Ca. $90K/y.

    Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory, a joint state/NMSU venture as a Center of Excellence, 1985-1990, as researcher and faculty member.  Half-salary from state and $80K setup funds.

    NM Water Resources Research Institute, as PI (co-PI G. L Cunningham), 1986-1988, for physiological modelling and genetics of plant water-use efficiency. $25K/y

   NMSU mini-grants, 1986, 1988, as PI, for plant mineral nutrition. Ca. $1K each.

   U.S. Geological Survey, 1988-1991, as PI (co-PI C. Currier), for physiology of plant water-use efficiency. Total $336K.

   Southwest Consortium for Plant Genetics and Water Resources, 1989-1991, as PI (co-PIs R. Zartman, Texas Tech, and C. Currier), for genetics of alfalfa water-use efficiency. Total $45K at NMSU.

   NOAA, 1991-1994, as PI (co-PI W. Whitford), for role of plant physiological control of water fluxes in the climate system. Ca. $90K/y.

   NSF Mid-Career Fellowship, 1991-2, for sabbatical research at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, and at the Carnegie Institution, Stanford, CA, on physiological modelling of plant control of water fluxes. Travel + per diem (12 mos.) +$15K research fund.

   U.S. DOE, National Institutes for Global Environmental Change, 1994-2000, as PI (co-PI B. Choudhury, NASA), for the same topic. Ca. $95K/y.

   NSF-LTER, 1994-date, as participant (PI L. Huenneke at NMSU; Dr. Gutschick was PI for administrative reasons 1997-1999), for desertification processes and ecological sequelae. Ca. $670K/y (direct budget for Dr. Gutschick’s work $18-25K/y).

       Two student research supplements ($10K), 2000, 2004.

Two travel supplements for overseas research: 1995-6, for research at the Australian National University, Canberra, on microclimate extremes affecting tree growth; 2000-01, for research sabbatical at INRA, Montpellier, France, on physiological control of plant water use by leaf and soil environmental signalling

   NSF/DOE-Terrestrial Ecology Program, 1996-1999, as co-I (2 other co-I’s H. BassiriRad, Univ. of Ill., Chicago, and A. J. Bloom,Univ. California, davis), for plant responses to elevated CO2. Total $495K.  

   Bureau of Reclamation, 1999-2000, Bosque Evapotranspiration study, as collaborator funded for field research and subsequent analyses (PI D. I. Cooper, Los Alamos National Laboratory). Funds for Dr. Gutschick’s work ca. $70K.

   Southwest Center of Environmental Research and Policy, a multi-state consortium supported by the U. S. EPA, 2001-2002, as interim PI.  Ca. $35K total.

   NSF Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Program, 2001, symposium support grant, as PI (co-PI A.  J. Bloom), $4.5K.

   USDA Rio Grande Water Project, as collaborator (PI T. W. Sammis, Agronomy & Horticulture, NMSU), for physiological and environmental control of pecan water use. Ca. $50K/y.

   NSF-EPSCoR, 2002-date, initially as computing facilities director and from July 2003 to date as director of the INRAM effort. $2.1M/y.  Planned as self-sustaining entity with new federal funding anticipated May 2005.  This is a major activity of Dr. Gutschick from the inception, involving annually ca. 1000 emails and telephone calls, 10 videoconferences, 5 in-person meetings at remote sites.  The goal is to complete the research infrastructure that enables NM researchers to become more competitive  for federal grants, and to convert this into working research activities and additional infrastructure for new programs such as the NM Forest Restoration Institute (see below).

   NSF, 2005, DIRENet (Drought Impacts on Arid Region Ecosystems Network), as participant (PI N. S. Cobb, Northern Arizona University). Ca. $700K total.

   NSF- Jornada LTER renewal, 2006-2012.  Dr. D. Peters is PI. Dr. Gutschick is a senior scientist. $5.1M total.

   EPA, 2006-7, Evaporative losses from Elephant Butte Reservoir via remote sensing, co-PI with T. W. Sammis and J. Wang. $73K.



Scientific presentations:


A comprehensive tally has not been kept until more recent years, and this record has a number of gaps, such that the record below is only a major sampling:


International talks (titles omitted for brevity):

   August (?), 1978: Fourth International Congress on Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Madison, WI (invited talk).

   December, 1980: Fourth International Congress on Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Canberra, Australia.

   December, 1981: 3rd Internat. Conference on Energy Use and Management, Berlin.

   September, 1984: 6th Internat. Colloq. on Optimization of Plant Nutrition, Montpellier, France.

   July, 1987: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Workshop on Genetics and Physiology and Crop Yield, Cambridge, UK (invited talk).

   February, 1988: International Congress on Plant Physiology, New Delhi (invited talk).

   August, 1989: Forestry seminar, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany (visiting lecture).

   October, 1991: Australian Society of Plant Physiologists, Canberra (annual meeting).

   November, 1991: Dept. of Botany, University of Western Australia and CSIRO, Perth.

   November, 1991: Faculty of Agriculture, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

   December, 1991: Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.  

   December, 1991: Div. of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia.

   October, 1993: 41st Harden Conference, Wye College, UK.

   July, 1994: Ecophysiology Research Group, Australian National Unniversity, Canberra.

   August, 1995: Ecophysiology Research Group, Australian National Unniversity, Canberra.

   September, 1998: New Phytologist conference on leaf structure and function, Montpellier, France (invited plenary speaker).

   October, 1999: Laboratoire d’Ecophysiologie des Plants sur Stress Environnemntaux, INRA, Montpellier, France (in French).

   July, 2000: Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France (in French).

   January, 2002: Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Delicias, Chih., Mexico (2 invited seminars).

   July, 2004: Workshop on International Long-Term Ecological Research, Motz, Haute Savoie, France.

   September, 2004: IV Simposio Internacional sobre la Flora Silvestre en Zonas Aridas, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (plenary address, in Spanish).

    Additional presentations in 2004-2010 at the Ecological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union (Quebec, Acapulco, San Francisco) not yet listed.

   March, 2011: Society of Biologists conference on biomechanical mechanisms in ecology, Cambridge University, England


Domestic meetings and seminars: (* = invited talk)

   September, 1982: Sloan-Kettering Research Institute, Yellow Springs, OH (*)

   September-October, 1985: U.S. DOE Workshop on Future Research of OHER, Port Townsend, WA.

   March, 1986: Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Use, Los Alamos, NM.

   November, 1986: Dept. of Agronomy, Kansas State University (*)

   April, 1987: Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University (*)

   July, 1988: Carnegie Institution, Stanford, CA.

   November, 1988: Am. Soc. Agronomy/Crop Sci. Soc. Am./Soil Sci. Soc. Am. annual meeting, Anaheim, CA (*).

   March, 1989: Crop Simulation Workshop, Urbana, IL.

   April, 1990: Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Use, Las Cruces, NM.

   October, 1990: Bay Area Plant Ecophysiologists, Stanford, CA (Placerville meeting site).

   January, 1992: Carnegie Institution, Stanford, CA (sabbatical visit seminar).

   February, 1992: Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Div., NOAA, Oak Ridge, TN.

   March, 1992: Dept. of Land, Air, and Water Resources, Univ. of California, Davis.

   April, 1992: Dept. of Land, Air, and Water Resources, Univ. of California, Davis.

   April, 1992: Dept. of Biological Sciences, California State Univ., Chico.

   (1993, 1994 records absent)

   August, 1995: Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Providence, RI.

   September, 1995: Group NIS-2, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

   July, 1996: Ecological Soc. Am. annual meeting, Snowbird, UT.

   (1996, 1997 records incomplete)

   August, 1998: Symposium, Ecological Society of America,

   November, 1998: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   December, 1998: Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (*).

   January, 1999: Symposium, Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research, Sevilleta reserve, NM.

   February, 1999: Workshop, Bosque Evapotranspiration Group, Bosque del Apache, NM.

   April, 1999: Workshop, Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study, St. Paul, MN.

   May, 1999: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   August, 1999: Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Spokane, WA.

   September (?),1999: University of Colorado, Boulder.

   May, 2000: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   April, 2001: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   August, 2001: Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Madison, WI.

   August, 2001: Symposium, Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI (symposium organizer and discussion leader).

   December, 2001: Hydrology section, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

   January, 2002: Symposium, Soc. Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago (discussion leader).

   March, 2002: Dept. of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago.

   August, 2002: Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.

   October, 2002: Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Use, Santa Fe, NM.

   May, 2002: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   May, 2003: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   May, 2004: Annual CEA-CREST (regional) Symposium, Pasadena, CA (*).

   August, 2004: Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

   October, 2004: 6th Symposium on the Natural Resources of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine, TX.

   Additional presentations 2004-2010 not yet listed.


Poster presentations at such meetings:

   1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 American Society of Plant Physiologists annual meeting (Indianapolis, Toronto, Reno, St. Louis, respectively)

   1996 Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Providence, RI

       (and 4 other years; records incomplete)


Seminars and talks at NMSU:


   1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003 Annual Biology Dept. Symposium

   1998, 2001 Biology Dept. seminar

   1985, 1986 Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory seminar

   1991 Western Regional Project W-126, USDA

   2001 Dept. of Mathematics

   2002 Seminar, Agronomy and Horticulture Dept.

   1996, 2002 Symposium presentation, Friends of the Jornada (LTER program)

   Additional presentations 2002-2007 not yet listed.


Overviews of research regionally, nationally, and internationally:

1. Manuscript review: this is an increasing activity (8 in year 2004; increased to 16 in 2006).  

            Over the last 10 years (1997-2007), I have reviewed manuscripts for editors in these journals (between 1 and 10 in each journal), listed by category and then alphabetically in each category:

            Ecological journals: Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Functional Ecology, Functional Plant Ecology, Journal of Arid Environments, Journal of Ecology, Plant Ecology, Oecologia

            Plant physiological and botanical journals: Annals of Botany, Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, Functional Plant Biology, Journal of Experimental Botany, International Journal of Plant Sciences, New Phytologist, Plant Cell and Environment, Photosynthesis Research

            Agronomic and forestry journals: Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Crop Science, HortScience, Tree Physiology

            Other biological: Global Change Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Western North American Naturalist

            Physical sciences journals: IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Physical Review, Water Resources Research

            Book chapters, on topics in ecology and plant physiology

2. Proposal review:

   Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, Dept. of Energy (headquarters divisions) (4), Midwest Consortium on Plant Biotechnology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2), National Institutes of Global Environmental Change (DOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2), National Science Foundation (as ad hoc reviewer)(16), Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Resources (3), NM Water Resources Research Institute (2), U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (7), Wyoming Water Resources Center


   NASA panel, 1990: EOS Interdisciplinary Panel IV: ca. 80 proposals in group review.

   National Science Foundation panels: (a) as Program Officer and cluster leader, Functional and Physiological Ecology, 1992-1993: 297 proposals; (b) as panelist on same program renamed Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology, 1999: 27 proposals as primary or secondary reviewer; group review of 100 proposals; (c) as panelist on same program, 2001: 30 proposals as primary or secondary reviewer; 95 total proposals in group review; (d) as panelist on Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2000: group review of ca. 150 proposals; (e) as panelist on ORAU Graduate Fellowship Program, 2002: group review of ca. 150 proposals; (f) as panelist on ORAU Graduate Fellowship Program, 2003: group review of ca. 150 proposals.

   U. S. Dept. of Agriculture panel, Plant Responses to the Environment: (a) 1998: primary or secondary reviewer on ca. 20 proposals; group review of ca. 100 proposals; (b) 2002: primary or secondary reviewer on ca. 20 proposals; group review of ca. 100 proposals; (c) 2005 (upcoming, April): primary, secondary, or tertiary reviewer on 15 proposals; group review of ca. 75 proposals.

   U. S. Dept. of Energy panel on biomass conversion, 1981: group review of ca. 50 proposals.

  Detail on tenure as NSF Program Officer: program officer, Functional and Physiological Ecology; handled over 200 proposals; organized and led 2 review panels.  Cluster leader for 5 programs; in charge of budget allocation of $25M.

  Site reviews of programs:

   For the National Institutes of Global Environmental Change: 2004, review of Harvard Forest NIGEC regional center.

   For the National Science Foundation: 1993, review of Drosophila embryo cryopreservation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

   For the U. S. Dept. of Energy: 2004, review of Nevada Desert FACE Facility and the Mojave Global Change Facility.

   Advisory groups:

   For the U. S. Dept. of Energy, Terrestrial Carbon Program: 1997-date.

   National research working groups:

   Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study, for wide range of studies of atmospheric fluxes and their ecological control, Chequamegon National Forest, WI (6 universities), 1996-2001.

   SpecNet, a working group constituted in 2002 at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, PI John Gamon, Calif. State Univ., LA.  I participated in week of discussions and led breakout groups, and have contributed to Web postings.

   DIRENet (Drought Impacts on Regional Ecosystems Network: participant in initial NSF-funded proposal and in 1st regional meeting, October, 2006

   Host of speakers and collaborators: Over the years, I have hosted about 25 visitors from the U. S., Australia (3 sabbatical visitors), China (1 sabbatical visitor, 1 postdoc), France (sabbatical visitor), Greece (sabbatical visitor), Mexico (sabbatical visitor).



   Early career: co-taught (1969) with Albert F. Wagner a course in quantum scattering theory as a graduate student at Caltech; instructor of record was faculty advisor B. Vincent McKoy

   As J. W. Gibbs Fellow at Yale (1972-4): co-taught introductory chemistry lab with Terry Goddard, and graduate course in quantum chemistry

   As staff member at Los Alamos lab (1976): taught photography course in UNM branch campus

   As faculty member at NMSU (1985-date):

     Undergraduate lower-division course: introductory biology (BIOL 190, 111; 9 times)

     Undergraduate upper-division courses: botany (BIOL 313; 2 times), plant physiology (BIOL 314; 3 times); ecology (BIOL 301; 2 times); plant ecology (BIOL 408; once co-teaching, once solo);  plant-animal-microbial physiology lab (BIOL 391, an NSF-funded new course; 3 times); special topics - variously plant physiology, field ecology, etc., for students in my research lab (BIOL 350, 450; numerous times); biophysical ecology, undergrad section (BIOL 471, course that I revamped; 3 times); global change, undergraduate section (BIOL 450, course I developed; 4 times); biological numeracy (BIOL 450, course I developed; once)

     Graduate courses: biophysical ecology (BIOL 511; 4 times); plant water relations and mineral nutrition (BIOL 532, 627, or 698, course I developed; 5 times); physiological ecology or seminar in physiological ecology (BIOL 517 or 550, course I developed; 4 times); biological modelling (BIOL 550, course I developed; 3 times); remote sensing of water issues (BIOL 550, course I developed; once); extreme events (BIOL 550, course I developed; once); biological instrumentation (BIOL 550, course I developed; twice)

     Contributed lectures to other courses: instrumental methods (SOILS 620; 2 years); plant genetic engineering (MOLB xxx; 2 years)

     A number of syllabi are available in PDF format, on request


Diversity of collaborators and institutions:

    I’ve worked in a variety of fields with people at a number of institutions.  I provide this summary simply as evidence of my ability and/or contacts in diverse fields and places, as will be needed for putting together teams for global change consulting.


        Quantum chemistry:

             Univ. of Notre Dame:

                  Oliver G. Ludwig (chemistry; B.S. thesis)


                  B. Vincent McKoy, Edward F. O’Brien, John P. McTague (chemistry; Ph. D. thesis, publications)

                  Dennis J. Diestler (chemistry; grad student; subsequently at Purdue and Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln)

             UC Berkeley:

                  Robert Harris (chemistry; postdoctoral research, no publication)

             Yale: (one publication, chemical education)

        Liquid-state physics:


                  C. J. “Neil” Pings (chemical engineering; Ph. D. thesis, publications)

        Quantum mechanics:

              Los Alamos National Lab:

                  Michael M. Nieto, Terry Goldman, C. Michael Bender, L. Michael Simmons, Fred Cooper, Daniel Simmons  (theoretical physics; publications)

        Electronic instrumentation:

            Los Alamos National Lab:

                Michael Barron, David Waechter (electronics; patent and publication)

        Plant physiology / ecology / physiological ecology:

            Los Alamos National Lab:

                Lou Ellen Kay (botany; publications)


               Gary L. Cunningham, Biology (plant physiology and ecology; reports)

               Cliff Currier, Agronomy and Horticulture (plant breeding; reports)

               James Pushnik, Bruce Swanton (plant physiology and molecular biology; subsequently at Cal. State Univ., Chico, and NM State Envir. Improvement Div.; publications)

            Australian National University:

                Marilyn Ball, Jack Egerton, Jason Lutze, Cunningham (plant ecophysiology; publication)

            ENSA-M/INRA, Montpellier, France

                Thierry Simonneau (plant physiology; publication)

                François Tardieu (plant physiology/agricultural engineering; host)

            University of Illinois, Chicago:

                Hormoz BassiriRad, John Lussenhop, Ayalsew Zerihun, H. L. Setiyah (plant ecophysiology; publications)

            Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas:

                 Amrita de Soyza, Beth Newingham, Karen Brown (plant ecophysiology; publication in draft)


                 Connie J. Maxwell (plant breeding M.S.; publication in draft)

        Agronomy and horticulture:


                Cliff Currier (plant breeding; reports)

                Marisa Wall (plant breeding; now at Univ. of Hawaii; publication)

                Naveen Puppula (agronomy/plant breeding; publication)

                Theodore W. Sammis (agronomy and climatology; publications)

                Luke Simmons (agronomy; publications)

                John Mexal (forestry; publication)

             UC Davis:

                Arnold J. Bloom (vegetable crops; publications)

             Univ. Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico:

                Alvaro Anchondo (agronomy ; publication)

        Meteorology :

             Univ. of Connecticut :

                David R. Miller (publication)

        Range science :

             USDA-ARS :

                Keirith A. Snyder (range ecophysiology; publications)

                Alan Andales (publication)

        Soil science:

              Hebrew University:

                 Giora Kidron (earth sciences; publication in draft)

        Radiative transport and remote sensing:

            Kansas State:

                Ranga Myneni (now at Boston University; publications)

                Ghassem Asrar (moved to NASA; publications)

                Ed Kanemasu (agronomy; publications)

            Twente University, Netherlands:

                Frits Wiegel


                Junming Wang (publications)

            UK Forestry Commission:

                Eric Casella (publication in draft)



                 David W. Smith (publications)

      In addition, I have had shorter-term collaborations with other researchers in various fields that have not resulted in publications.  These researchers are/were at some of the institutions noted above, plus the Univ. of Minnesota, NCAR, UCAR, etc.

      Also, editors of books that I wrote or in which I published chapters have been in diverse fields:

         Plant biochemistry and molecular biology:

               C. F. Kettering Institute:

                   William Orme-Johnson

               Univ. Wisconsin:

                    Robert Burris

               Univ. London:

                   John R. Bowyer

               Univ. Essex:

                   Neil R. Baker

         Plant breeding:


                 Roger Austin

         Plant physiology:


                 Liwang Ma


              Univ. Florida:

                 Kenneth J. Boote

              Indian Agricultural Res. Inst.:

                  S. K. Sinha

         Range science:


                  Kris Havstad

         Evolutionary biology:

              Univ. Sheffield:

                 Peter Calow

              Univ. Chicago:

                  Martin Feder



                  Laura Huenneke (now at Northern Arizona Univ.)


                  William Schlesinger

         Radiative transport:

              Tartu Univ.:

                   Juhan Ross (deceased)



        Education: University of Notre Dame (B.S., chemistry, 1963-66)

                           Caltech (Ph. D., chemistry/chemical physics, 1966-71; awarded formally 1972)

        Postdoctoral positions: UC Berkeley (chemistry, 1971-2)

                           Yale (1974-5)

                           Los Alamos Scientific Lab (title at the time; theoretical biology1975-7)

        National lab: Los Alamos National Lab (consultant, 1977-8; staff member; group, and group name, changed several times: environmental life sciences; 1978-85)

        Faculty: Yale (J. W. Gibbs Instructor, 1972-4)

                      NMSU (Biology, 1985-date)

        Visiting fellow: Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany (forestry, 1 mo., 1989)

                      CSIRO, Canberra, Australia (Div. Plant Industry, 6 months, 1991)

                      Carnegie Institution, Stanford (6 months, 1992)

                      Australian National University, Canberra (Res. School of Biological Sciences; 3 terms of 2-4 weeks, 1994-6)

                      LaTrobe University, Bundoora/Melbourne, Australia (agriculture; 2 weeks, 1991)

                      École Nationale Superieure Agronomique – Montpellier, France/ INRA (1 year, 1999-2000)

         Federal agency : National Science Foundation (program officer, Functional and Physiological Ecology and cluster leader of 5 programs, Integrative Biology, 1 year, 1992-3)


Management experience:

   Program officer, National Science Foundation, 1992-3.  Administered $5M/y program and, as cluster leader, $25M/y in combined programs

   Director, Institute for Natural Resource Analysis and Management, 2003-5.  NSF-EPSCoR program with total budget of $2.1M over 3 years, shared among 5 universities in New Mexico.  The program set up several programs, some continuing to date, including the Laboratory of Ecological Chemistry at NMSU.  The biodiversity database ( functions to put >90,000 museum specimens from across New Mexico online but is in abeyance for further development.

   Co-leader, Biosciences Research Cluster and development team for Institute for Applied Biosciences, NMSU, 2005-date.   Coordinated research proposals, some infrastructure development, graduate assistantships, and search for 2 new faculty members, on modest budget for direct costs ($75K).

    Temporary PI, NSF Long-Term Ecological Research Program, Jornada Basin, NMSU, 1999-2000.  Managed budget and personnel, $570K/year.

    Adminstration of own research grants – as other PIs, I manage(d) budgets, personnel, reports, and liaison with university administration.

    A number of committees – department, college, and university

    Organization of symposia at national meetings – Ecological Society of America (2001), Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2001)



    Public presentations on science for the Las Cruces Academy:

    Member lectures (four, 1.5 hours each), the Biology of Global Change, for the Academy for Learning in Retirement, Dona Ana Community College

    Public lectures and demonstrations for the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History and the Las Cruces Public Schools

    Classroom demonstrations, Las Cruces Public Schools and SCIAD progam

    Judging science fairs in New Mexico and Maryland

    Served as resource person for students at Las Cruces High School participating in NASA’s Fly High zero-gravity flight program

    TV, radio interviews on global change research and water issues

     Rotary Club presentation on global change research


Other synergistic activities directly related to , last 4 years: (1) mentored in research:17 graduate

students, 4 undergraduates, 1 high-school student, of which 4 were women and 5 Hispanic; (2) instrumentation development: worked extensively with Onset Computers to develop and test sensors for their new serial-network weather station, released commercially 2003 (they subsequently donated 2 stations to Dr. Gutschick for research and testing).


Other interests: photography, travel (36 countries, 6 continents-  not yet Antarctica!)

Languages: French (reasonably fluent); German, Spanish (reading, some speaking); some Kiswahili in the past; a touch of Bahasa Indonesia





Professional biography of Lou Ellen Kay


August 2013


Lou Ellen Kay has a Ph. D. in Biology from the City University of New York for basic research on the role of the shifting expressions of different peroxidase enzymes in the development (morphogenesis) of different plant organs.   She has collaborated with her husband, Vincent P. Gutschick, in research on plant responses to low-nutrient conditions, which revealed both extreme tolerance (note: 3.3 MB) by sunflowers, leading to a general framework for understanding how plants balance acquisition of resources (nutrients, CO2, and water) with use in photosynthesis.  This functional balance approach helps explain strong plant responses to elevated CO2, particularly the reduction in nitrogen content that has major implications for human nutrition as well as for global vegetation as a carbon sink that mitigates climate change.  She also pursued research at the Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, in 1991.


Dr. Kay also pursued a career in studio furniture production, creating highly functional furniture in the form of animals (selected images: cabinet-1, cabinet-2, chair, table, mirror).  The furniture was exhibited in various venues, including the Desert Moon Furniture in Sedona, AZ and Shidoni Gallery in Sante Fe, NM.


A consistent theme in her career is dedication to science education.  As is true for many graduate students in science, she derived financial support from a teaching assistantship.  She taught at CUNY Lehman during the period of open enrollment, meeting the challenge of reaching students with deficient educational backgrounds, and achieving rewarding successes.  Later, at New Mexico State University, she taught general biology and botany courses while making furniture and raising a son.  Her goal for many years has been founding a school, K-12, for gifted and advanced students, emphasizing the teaching of math, science, and languages.  In 2009, the Las Cruces Academy opened with her as director and science teacher and with 15 students, aged 4-9.  All students learn math, science, English, Chinese, Spanish, art, cultural studies, and other subjects, with a number of special presentations.  Drs. Kay and Gutschick and friends of the Academy have provided over 4,000 books, 60 microscopes, and a wide variety of scientific items, cultural artifacts, educational games, and teaching equipment.  Many of the cultural artifacts such as musical instruments and biological samples, plus 40,000 images, derive from the founders' travels in 36 nations.  The Academy has grown from an initial enrollment of 13 children of trusting parents in grades K-4 to an enrollment of 44 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. The school is now located in an excellent new building, a former large art gallery and art school, at 1755 Avenida de Mercado, Mesilla, NM. The Website has much information.


Dr. Kay served as a consultant to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in 1992-3.   She also founded and co-founded environmental education organizations - for students at New Mexico State University and for a thriving non-profit in Las Cruces, NM.


Dr. Kay and her husband invested jointly in the Global Change Consulting Consortium, of which she is the secretary.   Her primary interest in Consortium functions is in developing educational materials, building on her strengths in science education.



     Ph.D., City University of New York, NY (Biology)

     M.A., H. H. Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY (Biology)

     B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (Botany)


 Scientific research and publications  

     Six publications, in such periodicals as the Journal of Experimental Botany and Plant Physiology, and the  Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science          

     Visiting scientist, CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry, Canberra, ACT, Australia, July ? Dec. 1991

     Consultant at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Oct. 1992 ? Aug. 1993

     Research Collaborator, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1976 ? 1985

     Herbarium Fellow at the New York Botanical Garden, 1969 ? 1970

     Herbarium Assistant, Colorado State University, 1966 - 1969



     Founder and director, Las Cruces Academy, March, 2007.  Classes began August, 2009. 

     Nineteen years experience teaching college biology classes

            Letter of Recognition for Teaching Excellence from President of NMSU, 1990.

     Five years experience teaching as parent/assistant in elementary school classroom

     University student comments

            "Dr. Kay is a superior teacher!  Bright, responsive, well-prepared, knowledgeable, fun."   -   Biol 101, Spring 2003, Comment by student in anonymous evaluation of introductory biology

            "I can tell you love to teach & you are very devoted & smart."       T. Lopez

OEHO 153, Spring 2005, Comment by student in human anatomy & physiology class

            "?I like the way you make us learn and remember, not just memorize."     B. Hicks  -  OEHO 153, Spring 2004, Comment by student in human anatomy & physiology class

            "?I learned more in your class than in any other class in my five years of college?"     T. Sanchez  -  Biol 313, Spring 2007, Comment from letter by student in class, Structure & Function of Plants



     Owner for 10 years of Flora & Fauna Furniture, producing sculptural studio furniture shaped as animals

            Work shown locally in six venues, including: Adobe Patio Gallery, Stele Gallery, and White Raven Studio & Art Gallery

            Work exhibited for five years in Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Work exhibited for two years in La Mesa de Santa Fe, Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM

            Work exhibited for two years in Desert Moon Furniture, Sedona, AZ

            1st Place Artist, Renaissance Craftfaire, 1997, Las Cruces, NM

            Work featured in: Las Cruces Sun News, 25 October 1997 & 20 November 2003 New Mexico Magazine, September 1999


            Faculty Advisor to student group, AWARE (Association for Air, Water, and Resource Education).  This group was the official sponsor for Earth Day 1990 & 1991 at NMSU.

            Coordinator of Las Cruces Earth Day 1990 Citizens Group.

            Coordinator of Las Cruces Earth Day 1991.

            Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Southwest Environmental Center, Las Cruces.

            Member, Las Cruces Environmental Task Force.  This group was responsible for starting the recycling program at Las Cruces in 1990.

            Member, NMSU Recycling Committee.  This group was responsible for starting the recycling program at NMSU in 1990.

            Member of the organizational committee for Music & Micros, a fund raiser for the educational activities of Planned Parenthood, 1999 ? 2002.

            Member of residential covenants control committee, Las Alturas Plat #1, 1990 ? present.