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David R. Hershey: Plant Biology Education Writings

About David R. Hershey


Education and Experience


- B.S. Horticulture - Penn State (1977)
- M.S. Horticulture - University of California, Davis (1980)
- Ph.D. Plant Physiology - University of California, Davis (1983)
- Post Doctoral Fellow - Rutgers University (1984-1986)
- Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (1986-1993)
- Adjunct Professor, Prince George's Community College (1994 to 1997)
- Biology Education Consultant and Author (1994 to date)

Biology Education Publications


Book - Plant Biology Science Projects (1995) New York: Wiley

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Japanese Translation:

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Chapters in Books

- Hershey, D.R. 2000. "Hydroponics: Iron Deficiency of Piggyback Plants" pp. 147-155. IN Gerry M. Madrazo, Jr. and Steven E. Dyche (editors). Exciting Plant Science Activities for the Secondary Classroom Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

ActionBioscience.org articles

- Hershey, D.R. 2004. Avoid misconceptions when teaching about plants. [August]
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Plant content in the National Science Education Standards [February]
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. More misconceptions to avoid when teaching about plants. [October]

American Biology Teacher articles:

- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1990. Accurately measuring transpiration. American Biology Teacher 52:106.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1991. Plant light measurement and calculations. American Biology Teacher 53:351-353.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1991. Digging deeper into Helmont's famous willow tree experiment. American Biology Teacher 53:458-460.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1992. Evaluating metal probe meters for soil testing. American Biology Teacher 54:436-438.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1993. Evaluation of irrigation water quality. American Biology Teacher 55:228-232.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1994. Solution culture hydroponics: history and inexpensive equipment. American Biology Teacher 56:111-118.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1996. Doctor Ward's accidental terrarium. American Biology Teacher 58:276-281.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1996. An historical perspective on problems in botany teaching. American Biology Teacher 58:340-347.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1999. Myco-heterophytes and parasitic plants in food chains. American Biology Teacher 61:575-578.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 2000. The truth behind some great plant stories. American Biology Teacher 62:408-413.

American Biology Teacher Guest Editorial:

- Hershey, D.R. 2002. Plants are indeed intelligent. (Accepted)

American Biology Teacher letters:

- Hershey, D.R. 1989. Untitled (corrects mineral nutrition article). American Biology Teacher 51(7): 394.
- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Untitled. (discusses rhetoric and hypocrisy. American Biology Teacher52(6): 338.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Highlight women scientists. American Biology Teacher54(2): 70.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Saving the American chestnut from Endothia spores. American Biology Teacher 54(6): 327.
- Hershey, D.R. 1993. Prejudices against plant biology. American Biology Teacher 55(1): 5-6.
- Hershey, D.R. 1994. Phototropism misconceptions. American Biology Teacher 56(1): 6.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1994. Allelopathy misconceptions. American Biology Teacher 56(5): 261-262.
- Hershey, D.R. 1994. Dandelion natural selection misconceptions. American Biology Teacher 56(6): 331-332.
- Hershey, D.R. 1995. Photosynthesis misconceptions. American Biology Teacher 57(4): 198.
- Hershey, D.R. 1995. Beware exaggerated statistics. American Biology Teacher 57(5): 262-263.
- Hershey, D.R. 1997. Roses and tulips. American Biology Teacher 59(2): 72.
- Hershey, D.R. 1998. Essential elements for plants. American Biology Teacher 60(1): 3-4
- Hershey, D.R. 1998. Botanical treasure hunt corrections. American Biology Teacher 60(4): 244, 246
- Hershey, D.R. 1999. History & relevant biology teaching. American Biology Teacher 61(5): 326.
- Hershey, D.R. 2001. Correction. (concerns celery leafstalk misidentification as stem). American Biology Teacher63(8): 554.
- Hershey, D.R. 2002. Plants rarely thermoregulate. American Biology Teacher 64(6): 413.
- Hershey, D.R. 2003. Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms. American Biology Teacher 65(4): 246.
- Hershey, D.R. 2004. Brine shrimp "bioassay" problems. American Biology Teacher 66(7): 474-475.
- Hershey, D.R. 2004. Hornworm experiment statistical errors. (Submitted to American Biology Teacher but not accepted)
- Hershey, D.R. 2004. Out of "Focus on Fungi" American Biology Teacher 67(2):72
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Plants have polarity too. American Biology Teacher 67(3):139.
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Sacred Bovine errors, omissions and contradictions. (Submitted to American Biology Teacher but not accepted).
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Sacred Bovine corrections. (Submitted to American Biology Teacher but not accepted).

BioScience articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Science literacy is possible. BioScience 40:482.
- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Container-soil physics and plant growth. BioScience 40:685-686.
- Hershey, D.R. 1991. Linking history and hands-on biology. BioScience 41:628-630.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Making plant biology curricula relevant. BioScience 42:188-191.
- Hershey, D.R. 1993. Plant neglect in biology education. BioScience 43:418.

Carolina Tips articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Culturing Brassica by hydroponics. Carolina Tips 55(1):1-3.

HortTechnology articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1992. A laboratory exercise on dilution ratio & water flow of a Venturi-type proportioner. HortTechnology 2:95-96.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Sir Albert Howard and the Indore process. HortTechnology 2:267-269.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Notable women in the history of horticulture. HortTechnology 2:180-182.

HortScience articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1992. John Lindley (1799-1865). HortScience 27:960-961.

Journal of Agronomic Education articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Vintage plant science textbook data need updating. Journal of Agronomic Education 19:198-199.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. and G. W. Stutte. 1991. A laboratory exercise on semi-quantitative analysis of ions in nutrient solutions. Journal of Agronomic Education 20:7-10.

Journal of Biological Education articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Plant nutrient solution pH changes. Journal of Biological Education 26:107-111.

Journal of Chemical Education articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1991. Acidity and basicity of fertilizers. Journal of Chemical Education 68:642.

Journal of College Science Teaching articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Container soil-water relations. Journal of College Science Teaching 20:44-45.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms. Journal of College Science Teaching22:87-88.

Journal of Plant Nutrition articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1993. Plant mineral nutrition in precollege education. Journal of Plant Nutrition 16:203-218.

Plant Cell articles:

- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1989. Plant scientists should promote plant science through education. Plant Cell 1:655-656.

Plant Science Bulletin articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1993. Great old botany teaching stuff. Plant Science Bulletin 39(1):4.
- Hershey, D.R. 1993. Plant movies for the botany classroom. Plant Science Bulletin 39(3):17.
- Hershey, D.R. 1996.
Botany teaching deja vu. Plant Science Bulletin 42(1):8-9.
- Hershey, D.R. 2002. Plant Blindness: "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us."Plant Science Bulletin 48:78-84.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. 2003. Misconceptions about Helmont's willow experiment. Plant Science Bulletin 49:78-84.
- Hershey, D.R. 2004. The widespread misconception that the tambalacoque or calvaria tree absolutely required the dodo bird for its seeds to germinate Plant Science Bulletin 50: 105-108.
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Plants are indeed intelligent. Plant Science Bulletin 51: 75-77. other link
- Hershey, D.R. 2007. Allelopathy or pseudoallelopathy in classroom experiments? Plant Science Bulletin 53: 6-12.

Science Activities articles:

- PDF Hershey, D.R. 1990. Sleuthing the nutrients that make your houseplant grow. Science Activities 27(4):17-20.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Is hydrotropism all wet? Science Activities 29(2):20-24.
- PDF Hershey, D.R. and S. Sand. 1993. Electrical conductivity. Science Activities 30(1):32-35.
- Hershey, D.R. 1995. Don't just pet your chia. Science Activities 32(2):8-12.
- Hershey, D.R. 1998. Bean seed imbibition. Science Activities 35(2):25-27.
- Hershey, D.R. 2000. The pleasures and the pitfalls of plant science activities. Science Activities 37(2):3-5.
- Hershey, D.R. 2001. Knop's solution is not what it seems. Science Activities 38(3):17-20.
- Hershey, D.R. 2002. Using the Kalanchoe daigremontiana plant to show the effects of photoperiodism on plantlet formation. Science Activities 39(2):30-34.
- Hershey, D.R. 2002. Hippeastrum is hardly a humdrum classroom plant. Science Activities 39(3):19-26.
- Hershey, D.R. 2005. Time for a plant clinostat: Effects of light and gravity on plants. Science Activities 42(1):30-35.

Science & Education discussion:

- Hershey, D.R. 2006. Pseudohistory and pseudoscience: Corrections to Allchin’s historical, conceptual and educational claims. Science & Education 15: 121-125.

Science Teacher articles:

- Hershey, D.R. 1990. Pardon me, but your roots are showing. Science Teacher 57(2):42-45.
- Hershey, D.R. 1992. Plants can't do without CO2. Science Teacher 59(3):41-43.
- Hershey, D.R. 1995. A germination simulation. Science Teacher 62(9):40-43.



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