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James F. Reynolds
Master of Science - 1971 - Botany
"When I came to Laramie in the summer of 1969 to study with Dennis Knight, I was excited about starting graduate school, but, like most new students, I really didn't have much of a clue as to what to expect. During my first week, I recall sitting in a conference mom with Dennis and several other professors and being totally confused and distracted as I glanced out the window and noticed that it was snowing on July 10! I must admit, I wondered if I should go back to southern Arizona before it was too late!" Fortunately for James Reynolds and UW, he decided to stick it out.
"As it turns out, my education at UW was a great experience. What I value the most were the close professional interactions and friendships I enjoyed with several botany faculty and my peers. At a critical state in my education, I was fortunate to have excellent role models and to work with students who were highly motivated, smart, and very helpful." He adds, "I think it snowed each of the three summers I lived in Laramie!" After leaving UW, Reynolds moved on to earn his PhD from New Mexico State (at that time, Wyoming did not have a botany PhD program). He rose to the rank of professor at North Carolina State University and was hired first by New Mexico State, then by San Diego State. After leaving San Diego State, he was program director for the Ecosystems Studies Program at the National Science Foundation. He left that position to become Professor of Botany and director of the Duke Phytotron at Duke University. Reynolds' rapid advancements are due to his exceptionally fine skills in the mathematical modeling of plant physiological processes. He has co-authored a widely used book on statistical ecology.