Curriculum Vitae

Andrew M. Torres, Professor Emeritus

Biological Sciences, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
Date and Place of Birth:  20 Jan 1931, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phones:  Home, 785/843-5566: FAX,  913/864-5321:

Education:  B.S., University of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N.M., 1952
                    M.S., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 1958
                    Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1961

Positions:  1952-56    Lieutenant, US Navy
                  1960-61    Instructor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
                  1961-64    Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
                  1964-70   Associate Professor, Univ. of Kansas (KU), Lawrence
                  1966-67    Senior Advisor to Universidád de Oriente, Venezuela, under Ford Foundation - KU Program
                  1968-69    Chief-of-Party and Field Representative for  higher education in the Dominican Republic,  AID program.
                  1969-72    Assistant, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
                  1970-96   Professor, KU
                  1975         Summer visiting professor, Texas Tech University
                  1978        Visiting research geneticist, University of California-Riverside
                  1979-81   Chairman, Department of Botany
                  1981        Summer visiting professor, Universidad Nacionál del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
                  1984,5     Summer visiting scientist, Division of Horticulture,  CSIRO,  Adelaide, and Merbein, Australia.
                  1986,7     Summer visiting professor, University of Colorado
                  1996        Retired and Professor Emeritus

Career Research Interests:
                  Late 1950's through the 1960's:  Plant cyto- , chemo- and numerical systematics of several genera of
                                     Asteraceae [(Zinnia, Tragoceras, Sanvitalia et al.);  about 20 publications.
                  1970's:  Isozyme genetics, especially the genetics, structure and function of sunflower alcohol dehydrogenase isozymes.
                                    (about 10 publications)
                   Late 1970's through the 1980's:  Isozyme genetics of various fruit tree crops, expecially avocados, citrus, date palms
                                     (about 20 publications including a few book chapters)
                   Late 1980's to present:  Paleontology, especially fossil marine green algae (about 14 publications).

Publications:  About 100 in all, including a few unpublished laboratory manuals for courses in general genetics, plant morphology and
           statistics used in genetics, some in Spanish.   Some of the published works include:

1967.  Prácticas para biología generál.  Editoriál Universidád de Oriente,  Cumaná, Venezuela.  ix + 75 pp.

1968.  Algunas plantas leñosas de Cumaná.  Editoriál Universidád de Oriente,  Cumaná, Venezuela.  134 pp.

1970.  With R.L. Costello, R. Smith and B. Schmidt. A laboratory  manual for General Botany.  Kenall/Hunt Publishing Company,
            Dubuque,  Iowa.  vi + 217 pp.

1971.  With M.W. Katz.  Estadística applicada a genética generál.  Regional Technical Aids Center, Mexico.  48 pp.

The  papers that follow were accounts of some aspects of the ethnobiology of Amerindians of the Orinoco delta, and a report on an
            exchange program between the University of Kansas and the Universidád de Oriente in eastern Venezuela.

1968.  Notas sobre la etnobiología de los Guaraunos.  Oriente, Año  l, no. 3, pp. 68-81.

1968.  Plan KUUDO;  An experiment in a new dimension of university responsibility.  Bulletin of the American Association of  University
           Professors,  54:85-89.

Some particularly exciting research projects were reported in the following publications:

1974.  Sunflower alcohol dehydrogenase:  Adh-1 genetics and dissociation-recombination.  Biochemical Genetics, 11:17-24. and,

1976.  Dissociation-recombination of intergenic sunflower alcohol dehydrogenase isozymes and relative isozyme activities.
               Biochemical Genetics,  14:87-98.  These papers report the first  time that our lab had taken two different dimeric isozymes
               apart into their constituent monomers and put them back together  again in new combinations.  Now, of course, this process
               is no doubt routine.

1978.  With U. Diedenhofen, B.O. Bergh, and R.J. Knight.  Enzyme  polymorphisms as genetic markers in the avocado.  American
               Journal of Botany,  65:134-139.  This was the beginning of using fruit crop isozymes as markers to examine different problems
                in different  crops.   My introduction to horticulture and to long and wonderful collaborations with horticultural geneticists
                Bob Bergh and Bob Soost, UC-Riverside, California.   I was quite pleased that a scientist from Kansas, where none of these
                crops can  grow,  was involved with starting this field.

1980.  Soost, R.K. T.E. Williams and A.M. Torres.  Identification of nucellar and zygotic seedlings of Citrus with leaf  isozymes.
              Horticultural  Science, 15:728-729,   and,

1982.  With R.K. Soost and T. Mau-Lastovicka.  Citrus isozymes:  Genetics and distinguishing nucellar from zygotic seedings.  Journal
                of  Heredity,  73:335-339.   An innovative use of isozymes to address an age old problem in citrus breeding,  identifying the
                genetic origins of seedlings from polyembryonic seeds years before valuable resources were invested in culturing them.

1999.   A three-dimensional CT (CAT) scan through a rock with Permian Alga Ivanovia tebagaensis.  Journal of Paleontology,
              73:154-158. A detailed study of some morphological features of embedded alga from nondestructive CT scans.

2003. With A. M. Christensen, T. E. Masters and R. A. Ketcham. From CT scan of embedded Ivanovia to models using rapid prototyping.
             Palaeontology, 46:839-843.

2003.  Sexual reproductive structures in the green alga Ivanovia triassica.  Lethaia, 36:33-40.

Current research interests include study of a Triassic Ivanovia from a Yukon terrane, and attempts to use CT scans of  beautifully
              preserved Tunisian Ivanovia tebagaensis to make  3-D models of the cup-shaped macroscopic fossils.

Over the years research has been supported by: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; The National Science Foundation; The  University of Kansas Biomed and General Research Funds; The California Avocado Advisory Board; The U.S. Department of Agriculture; The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund; The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

I have been a consultant for: The  American Institutes for Research, The Agency for International Development and The Ford Foundation on matters of Latin American higher education; TheDuPont Company on systematics problems; The Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel, on avocado genetics.  The Jacques Seed Company on sunflower isozymes; The Division of Horticulture, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Adelaide and Merbein, Australia on tree crop isozymes.

Foreign Travel and/or research (T) and Residence (R):  Panama, 1953-55 (R).  Venezuela, 1965-67 (R).  Dominican Republic, 1968 (R).  Russia and Northern Europe, 1975 (T).  Europe, 1976, 2002 (T).  Argentina, 1981 (T).  Israel, l981, 1983 (T).  New Zealand, 1981, 1984, 1985 (T); Australia, 1981, 1984, 1985 (T).  Spain, 1997, 98 (T); Tunisia, 1996 (T); French Polynesia, 2003 (T);  Ireland,  2004 (T,R);Mexico and Canada several times; China, 2007, presented an invited lecture at the Institute of Geophysics and Geology in Beijing (T); Italy and Croatia, 2007; (T);  Turkey, 2009. (T); Peru, 2011 (T); American Virgin Islands, 2013 (T); Western Caribbean, North Atlantic, 2014 (T);

Hobbies and Interests:  Word origins, tennis, biking, hiking, stained glass, alpine skiing, microcomputer applications to research,
           especially 3-dimensional imaging of fossils embedded in rock using CT scans.

This page was updated in March, 2017.