MILTON R. SOMMERFELD
Professor of Plant Biology
Department of Plant Biology Fax: +1 (480) 965-6899
Arizona State University Telephone: +1 (480) 965-3391
Tempe, AZ 85287-1601, USA E-mail:
B.S. Biology 1962 Southwest Texas State College
Ph.D. Botany 1968 Washington University, St. Louis
1962-64 Science Teacher, Alvin Public Schools, Alvin, Texas
1964-65 Teaching Assistant in Botany, Washington University, St. Louis
1965 Teaching Assistant in Marine Botany, Marine Biological Laboratory,
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
1965 Instructor, University College, Washington University, St. Louis
1968-73 Assistant Professor of Botany, Arizona State University (ASU)
1972-77 Director, Botany Program, ASU
1974-77 Associate Professor of Botany, ASU
1978- Professor of Botany, ASU
1981-88 Chair, Department of Botany and Microbiology, ASU
1988-89 Chair, Department of Botany, ASU
1989- Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU
Awards and Honors (selected):
NSF Summer Fellow, University of Texas, 1963
NDEA Fellow, Washington University 1966-68
Sigma Xi, Washington University, 1968
Fellow, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, 1981
Graduate College Research Mentor Award, Arizona State University, 1985
Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Arizona State University, 1987
Teaching Interests and Accomplishments:
General Botany, Plant Morphology, Survey of the Plant Kingdom, Phycology,
Experimental Phycology and Water Quality Assessment. Supervised the graduate degree
programs of 32 M.S. and Ph.D. students and supervised 21 undergraduates in
independent study projects.
Amalfi, F.A., Atkinson, E.M., McNaughton, J.D., and Sommerfeld, M.R. 1990. Use of
biotoxicity tests for estimating impact of stormwaters on aquatic life. Hydrology and
Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest. 20:27-34.
Gretz, M.R., Sommerfeld, M.R., Athey, P.V. and Aronson, J.M. 1991. Chemical
composition of the cell walls of the freshwater red alga Lemanea annulata
(Batrachospermales). Journal of Phycology 27:232-240.
Ellingson, S.B. and Sommerfeld, M.R. 1992. Ionic composition of high conductance
waters of the arid Southwest. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
Spindler, P.H. and M.R. Sommerfeld. 1996. Relations among algal species and chemical
gradients in Pinal Creek, near Globe, Arizona. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-
Resources Investigations Report. 94-4015, pp. 1107-1113.
McGinnis, K. M., T. A. Dempster and M. R. Sommerfeld. 1997. Characterization of the
growth and lipid content of the diatom Chaetoceros muelleri. Journal of Applied
Rousch, J. M. and M. R. Sommerfeld. 1998. Liquid-gas partitioning of the gasoline
oxygenate methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) under laboratory conditions and its growth
on selected algae. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 34:6-
Dempster, T. A. and M. R. Sommerfeld. 1998. Effects of environmental conditions on
growth and lipid accumulation in Nitzschia communis (Bacillariophyceae). Journal
of Phycology 34:712-721.
Youngs, H. L., M. R. Gretz, J. A. West and M. R. Sommerfeld. 1998. The cell wall
chemistry of Bangia atropururea (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) and Bostrychia moritziana
(Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) from marine and freshwater environments. Phycological
Rousch, J. M. and M. R. Sommerfeld. 1999. Effect of manganese and nickel on growth
of selected algae in pH buffered medium. Water Research 10:2448-2454.
Rousch, J. M., S. E. Bingham and M. R. Sommerfeld. 2000. Protein expression during
heat stress in thermo-intolerant and thermo-tolerant diatoms. Journal of Phycology.
36:59 (Proceedings Supplement).*
Hu, Q., Sommerfeld, M., Baker, L. and Westerhoff, P. 2003 Canal wall brushing - a
control measure for taste and odor problems in drinking water supplies in arid
environments. J. Water Supply: Res. Technol. - AQUA. 52:545-554.
Wang, S., Hu, Q., Sommerfeld, M. and Chen, F. 2003 An optimized protocol for
isolation of soluble proteins from microalgae for two-dimensional electrophoresis. J.
Appl. Phycol. 15: 485-496.
Wang, S., Hu, Q., Sommerfeld, M. and Chen, F. 2004 Cell wall proteomics of the green
alga Haematococcus pluvialis (Chlorophyceae). Proteomics 4: 692-708.
Wang, S., Sommerfeld, M. and Chen, F. and Hu, Q. 2004 Proteomic analysis of
molecular response to oxidative stress by the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis
(Chlorophyceae). Planta 220: 17-29.