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James L. Heilman

Heilman, James L.
James L. Heilman
237A Heep Center
Ph.D., Agronomy, Kansas State University, 1977

Specialty:Environmental Physics

Support Staff and Students

Henrique Da Ros Carvalho

Research is focused on water use, greenhouse gas emission, and energy exchange in managed and unmanaged ecosystem, with an emphasis on plant-environment interactions, and plant-water relations.  Research has been conducted in wheat, cotton, sorghum, soybean, rice, vineyards, coastal marshes, grasslands, savannas, and forests. I am the PI for FLUXNET sites in a grassland and a forest on the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, part of a global network of eddy flux tower installations for monitoring carbon, water, and energy exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere.  I currently teach one undergraduate course (SCSC 309 – Water in Soil and Plants), and team-teach a second undergraduate course (SCSC 307 – Crop Biology and Physiology).

Courses Taught
SCSC 307. Crop Biology and Physiology. (3-2). Credit 4.Emphasis on seed biology, germination, development of cells and tissues, anatomy, and growth and development of crop plants; plant hormones and tropisms, membranes and membrane transport, water absorption and transport through plants, photosynthesis, respiration and carbohydrate metabolism, and flowering; environmental effects on crop adaptation, growth, development, and productivity. Prerequisites: SCSC 205, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Fall semester.
SCSC 309. Water in Soils and Plants. (3-2). Credit 4. Fundamentals of plant water use, and water movement and storage in soils; evapotranspiration, plant water requirements and irrigation scheduling; issues impacting irrigation and water quality; techniques for measuring soil and plant water relations. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Spring semester.