Robert W. Pearcy

Robert Pearcy

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

5324 Storer Hall

Research Interests

Interactions between plants and their environments. Plant acquisition and use of light, carbon, water, and nutrients for growth and survival in natural environments.

Specialties / Focus

  • Environmental and Integrative Biology


  • 1963 BS Forest Ecology University of Montana
  • 1969 PhD Plant Ecology Colorado State University


Valladares F, MT Allen, and RW Pearcy. 1997. Photosynthetic responses to dynamic light under field conditions in six tropical rainforest shrubs occurring along a light gradient. Oecologia. 111:505-514

Pearcy RW, LJ Gross, and D He. 1997. An improved dynamic model of photosynthesis for estimation of carbon gain in sunfleck light regimes. Plant Cell and Environment. 20:411-424

Valladares F and RW Pearcy. 1997. Interactions between water stress, sun-shade acclimation, heat tolerance and photoinhibition in the sclerophyll Heteromeles arbutifolia. Plant Cell and Environment. 20:25-36