Thomas Antonio, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Essential Studies Department. Dr. Antonio loves sunflowers and wrote and photographed a book on this beautiful and interesting group of plants.
Professor Antonio holds a B.A and an M.S. in Botany from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and a Ph.D. in Plant Systematics from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Major Professional Activities
He is Past-President of Native Plant Society of New Mexico where he coordinated and conducted board of directors meetings. He serves on the finance committee and assists with long-range planning for this statewide organization. Dr. Antonio is President of the Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, where he manages monthly programs, speakers, and outreach participation in several programs.
Selected Publications and Awards
Dr. Antonio has received many grants and awards, including:
July 2010, National Science Foundation Climate Change Educational Partnership Grant Review Panel, Washington, DC
July 2008, National Science Foundation Principal Investigator Summit- Washington, DC . Moderator of a panel discussion, ”Taking Informal Science Education to the Next Level.”
2006 Essay, “On the Edge: Listen to your Plants” in “Reciprocally Prickly,” edited by Chris Garofalo
2005 U.S. Department of Education Grant for $325,000, Project Director to internationalize the Conservation Curriculum with a cooperative program at the Instituto Terra in Brazil
2003 National Science Foundation Grant, Principal Investigator on a grant to create an informal science exhibit on photosynthesis entitled, ”Sugar from the Sun” – $1.6 million at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. IL
2001 Senior author of the book: The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest. Indiana Academy of Science, Indianapolis, IN. 421 pages
1992 Report to National Science Foundation on Systematics Agenda 2000 Co-chair, Informal Science Education Committee
1990 Distinguished Alumni Award, Miami University Ohio. 1984 Selected as delegate for US/USSR Botanical Exchange Program
“I came to understand early on that students have different learning styles. Consequently, I incorporate a variety of methods, such as interactive learning and group learning, into my teaching to assist each student in reaching his or her potential. Students learn from doing, so laboratory experiments and outside fieldwork are integral parts of my instruction. Interaction and discussion are extremely important in the classroom, and I encourage students to think outside the traditional classroom setting, and I take every opportunity to engage them with the natural environment.”