Biographical Sketch of Marvin W. Fawley


Professional Preparation

Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio 1970-1974

Cornell University, B.S. Botany, 1977

San Francisco State University, M.A. Biology, 1981

Miami University, Ph.D. Botany, 1985



11/07- Present     Assistant Dean, School of Math and Science, University of Arkansas at Monticello

9/06 - Present     Adjunct Professor and Member of the Graduate Faculty, North Dakota State University

9/06 – 11/07         Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

1999 – 2006         Professor of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University.

1992 - 1999          Associate Professor of Botany/Biology, North Dakota State University.

1986 - 1992         Assistant Professor of Botany/Biology, North Dakota State University.

1986                     Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University

1981 -1982; summer 1983   Research Assistant, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department

                          of Plant Biology.

1980 – 1981         Instructor in Biology, San Francisco State University

1980                     Research Assistant, Biology Department, San Francisco State University



Select publications:


1.    Acosta-Leal, R., Fawley, M.W. and Rush, C. M.  2008. Changes in the intraisolate genetic structure of Beet necrotic yellow vein virus populations associated with plant resistance breakdown.  Virology 376:60-68.

2.    Fawley, K.P. and Fawley, M.W. 2007. Observations on the diversity and ecology of freshwater Nannochloropsis (Eustigmatophyceae), with descriptions of new taxa.  Protist 158:325-336.

3.    Johnson, J.L., Fawley, M.W. and Fawley, K.P. 2007.  The diversity of Scenedesmus and Desmodesmus (Chlorophyceae) in Itasca State Park, Minnesota, USA.  Phycologia 46:214-229.

4.    Fawley, M.W., Dean, M.L., Dimmer, S.K. and Fawley, K.P. 2006. Evaluating the morphospecies concept in the Selenastraceae (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta).  Journal of Phycology 42: 142-154.

5.    Fawley, M.W., Fawley, K.P., and Owen, H.A. 2005.  Diversity and ecology of small cocoid green algae from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, USA, including Meyerella planktonica, gen. et sp. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta).  Phycologia 44:35-48.

6.    Fawley, M.W., Fawley, K.P. and Buchheim, M.A.  2004.  Molecular diversity among communities of freshwater microchlorophytes.  Microbial Ecology 48:489-499.

7.    Fawley, M.W. and Fawley, K.P. 2004. A simple and rapid technique for the isolation of DNA from microalgae.  Journal of Phycology 40:223-225.

8.    Fawley, M.W., Yun, Y. and Qin, M. 2000. Phylogenetic analyses of 18S rDNA sequences reveal a new coccoid lineage of the Prasinophycae (Chlorophyta).  Journal of Phycology 36: 387-393.

9.    Kang, T.-J. and Fawley, M.W. 1997.  Variable (CA/GT)n simple sequence repeat DNA in the alga Chlamydomonas.  Plant Molecular Biology 35:943-948.

10.  Fawley, M.W. 1993. Structure of a prasinoxanthin-chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting complex from the green flagellate Pseudoscourfieldia marina (Micromonadophyceae).  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1183:85-90.


Synergistic Activities

1.     Developed internet database on algal isolates from Itasca State Park and Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge:

2.     Taught summer course on evolution from high school teachers and interdisciplinary scholars class Evolution:  scientific and cultural perspectives at NDSU. 

3.     Mentored 7 female graduate students and numerous female undergraduate students.

4.     Organized a symposium on green algal diversity at the Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2004.

5.     UAM campus coordinator for the Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant.  This program encourages minority students to explore research careers in STEM areas.


Major Recent Grants (last 10 years)


Instrumentation for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, $121,276, May, 2000 – April, 2002.  NSF DBI 0070387.


Collaborative Research: Species Discovery and Population Dynamics of Coccoid Algae in Itasca State Park, Minnesota $436,800.  2000-2007.  NSF MCB0084188.


Collaborative Research: A Multi-Gene Approach to Chlorophytan Phylogeny and Diversity $107,575.  2002-2007.  NSF DBI0128952.


Arkansas Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) in STEM Careers – New Alliance, $304,023. 2008-2013. NSF HRD0802676



Collaborators & Other Affiliations


(a)  Collaborator and Co-Authors -  Mark Buchheim, Univ. of Tulsa; Julie Buchheim, Univ. of Tulsa; Rick Zechman, Cal. State, Fresno; Heather Owen, Univ. of Wisconsin,

Milwaukee;  Curt Pueschel, SUNY Binghamton; Hillary McManus, University of Michigan;  Karen Fawley, UAM; Allan Ashworth, NDSU; Ron Hutchison, Richard Stockton College;; Pierre Metzger, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris; Gordon Beakes, University of Newcastle; Eunsoo Kim, Dalhousie University; Lee W. Wilcox, University of Wisconsin; Linda E. Graham, University of Wisconsin; Eberhard Hegewald, Germany; Eric Sundell, UAM; Rodolfo Acosta-Leal, Texas A&M; Charles Rush, Texas A&M; Heroen Verbruggen, Ghent University, Belgium; Matt Ashworth, Cal State Fresno, Frederik Leiaert, Ghent University; Heather Spalding, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Bindhu Verghese, University of Tulsa; Dennis Hanisak, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.


(b)  Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors - Dr. Ken Stewart, Miami University (retired); Dr. Karl Mattox, Miami University (retired); Dr. Michael Josselyn, San Francisco State; Dr. Hideo Yonanaka, San Francisco State (retired).


(c)  Thesis  Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor - Megan Jaskowiak, Ph.D.; Tae-Jin Kang, Ph.D.; Karen Phillips, Ph.D.; Michelle Dean, M.S.; Yue Yun, M.S.; Shuping Jiao, M.S.; Christine Donohue, M.S.; Joni Johnson, M.S.; Harini Modali, M.S., current; Thomas Kantz, postdoc; Mohamed Fahkr, postdoc; Donna Knauber, postdoc; Megan Jaskowiak, postdoc.