Faculty & Staff

H Garrison Wilkes, PhD

Areas of Expertise

Origin and Evolution of Maize and its New World Relatives


PhD Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1966
Fullbright to India-Andhra University, Waltair, India 1959-1960
B.A. Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1959

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Teaching Experience
Assistant Professor of Biology, Tulane University 1966-1970
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Summer School 1967, 1968, 1970/ (teaching Plants and Man)
Assistant Professor (1970-1973), Associate Professor (1973-1984), Full Professor (1984-present) of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Visiting Professor of Plant Breeding, Punjab Agricultural University, India 1978-1979
Adjunct professor of Botany, National School of Agriculture Chapingo, Mexico 1985-1986

College Distinctions, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants
B.A. Cum Laude, Pomona College
Phi Beta Kappa elected 1959
Fullbright to India 1959-1960
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Harvard University 1960-1961
Harvard Traveling Fellow in Mexico and Central America 1963-1964
Three successive NSF grants to continue studies of the genetic and ecological structure of Meso-America (Mexico and Guatemala) maize fields and especially the relationship of maize to teosinte: NSF GB 8623-1968-1970; NSF GB 27982 1971-1973, NSF BMS 7420577 1975-1978
Indo-American Fullbright-Research Fellowship to India 1978-1979 (Sabbatical)
CMMMYT Fellowship – Mexico 1985-1986 (Sabbatical)
USDA Plant Genetic Resources Collection Grant 1989-1993
Chancellor's Distinguished Scholarship Award 1993

Professional Service
Secretary 1973-1975, 1975-1977, Member of the council 1977-1986, President 1985, Society for the Study of Economic Botany
Editorial Board of the Journal Economic Botany 1974-1979, 1979-1986, 1987-1995, 1996-2001
Member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Life Sciences, National Research Council/National Academy 1973-1974, 1974-1977
Member of Committee on Selected Biological Problems in the Humid Tropics 1980-1982 National Research Council
Advisor to the World Maize Collection CIMMYT 1985-1995
Plant Genetic Resources subcommittee of the NRC/NAS Committee on Managing Global Resources: Agricultural Imperatives – chairman of committee to write Genetic Vulnerability Report 1987-1989
Member of the USDA maize crop advisory committee 1999-2002
Advisory Committee – McKnight Foundation MILPA Project 1995-2001, Conservation of Genetic Diversity and Improvement of Crop Production in Mexico: A Farmer-based Approach

Research Interest
Evolution of maize and its wild relatives, teosinte and the genus Tripsacum.
The structure and operational functions of genebanks – plant genetic resource policy
Economic botany and the genetics of domestication