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Thomas Silva

Thomas Silva

Senior Lecturer

257 Plant Science Building
(607) 255-8502

My primary focus is in the instruction of plant biology courses for majors and non majors

Research Focus

As a Senior Lecturer, I do not have a formal Research Program. My interests when I find the time are in the area of Plant Root growth and Development.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Educating and consulting in area schools about plant biology

I have been giving guest Lectures at Cornell Botanic Gardens to the volunteers in the childhood Education Program since 2014.

Teaching Focus

I teach BIOG 1440, Comparative Physiology, an Introductory course for Biology Majors; PLBIO 2400- Green World/Blue Planet, a non-majors Biology course; PLBIO 2420 and 2421, Plant Function and Growth; and PLBIO 3421Plant Physiology Laboratory. My focus is teaching Biology and Physiology to Biology majors, non-science majors, and Plant Science students.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Silva, T. M., & Davies, P. J. (2007). Hormone growth responses of roots of shoot height mutants of pea. Physiologia Plantarum. 129:813-821.
  • Silva, T. M., & Davies, P. J. (2007). Elongation rates and endogenous indoleacetic acid levels in roots of pea mutants differing in internode length. Physiologia Plantarum. 129:804-812.