Areas of Expertise

Human Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Plant Ecological Physiologist focusing on the responses of plants to environmental change, particularly increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.


PhD, Stony Brook University 1997
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1989


Professor of Biology
Southwestern University
December 31, 1969 - present

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher I aim to: - Improve students understanding of the structure, functioning, life histories and diversity of organisms. - Develop their ability to read carefully, to think clearly and logically, to analyze and assess information and to synthesize information from a variety of sources. - Develop students personal perception of the living environment that surrounds them. - Develop their ability to communicate clearly in writing.

Previous Courses

Human Genetics and Evolution, Molecular and Population Genetics, Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Selected Publications:

* Southwestern University undergraduate co-author

Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

Taub, Daniel and *Page, Joshua (2016). Molecular Signatures of Natural Selection for Polymorphic Genes of the Human Dopaminergic and Serotonergic Systems: A Review. Frontiers in Psychology 7:857. DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00857.

Taub, Daniel. R. and *Page, Joshua (2013). Cystic Fibrosis: Exploration of evolutionary explanations for the high frequency of a common genetic disorder. Genetics Society of America Peer-reviewed Education Portal.

Gurevitch, J., Taub, D.R., Morton, T., Gomez, P. and Wang, I.-N. (1996). Competition and genetic background in a rapid-cycling cultivar of Brassica rapa (Brassicaceae). American Journal of Botany, 83:932-938.

Eanes, W.F., Kirchner, M., Taub, D.R., Yoon, J. and Chen, J.-T. (1996). Amino acid polymorphism and rare electrophoretic variants of G6PD from natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 143:401-406.

Plant Ecophysiology and Global Change

Taub, Daniel R. and Wang, Xianzhong (2013). Effects of carbon dioxide enrichment on plants. In Pielke, R. Editor-in-Chief, Climate Vulnerability. Academic Press: San Diego, ISBN 978012384703.

Taub, Daniel R. and *Graham, Gillian (2011). Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Volume 7

Taub, D.R. (2010) Effects of Rising Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide on Plants. Nature Education Knowledge 1(8):21

Taub, Daniel R. and Wang, Xianzhong (2008) Why are Nitrogen Concentrations in Plant Tissues Lower under Elevated CO2? A Critical Examination of the Hypotheses. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50 (11): 1365-1374.

Taub, Daniel R.; *Miller, Brian and *Allen, Holly (2008). Effects of elevated CO2 on the protein concentration of food crops: a meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 14: 565-575.

Taub, D.R. (2002). Analysis of interspecific variation in plant growth responses to nitrogen Canadian Journal of Botany, 80: 34-41.

Taub, D.R., Seemann, J.R. and Coleman, J.S. (2000). Growth in elevated CO2 protects photosynthesis against high temperature damage. Plant, Cell and Environment, 23: 649-656.

Taub, D.R. (2000) Climate and the U.S. distribution of C4 grass subfamilies and decarboxylation variants of C4 photosynthesis. American Journal of Botany, 87: 1211-1215.
Taub, Daniel R. and Lerdau, Manuel (2000). Relationship between leaf nitrogen and photosynthetic rate for three NAD-ME and three NADP-ME C4 grasses. American Journal of Botany, 87: 412-417.