Tom Parker


Tom Parker (V. Thomas Parker; Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara) Professor of Biology at SF State University since 1980.  Plant ecologist/evolutionist focusing on plant community dynamics and conservation.  Expert in the systematics and ecology of Arctostaphylos species (co-author of treatments for Flora of North America [2009] and Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California [2012]).  Research on dispersal, seed banks, seedling establishment, mycorrhizae, and other aspects of ecology and evolution in a variety of California vegetation types, especially chaparral and tidal wetlands.  Over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; 3 edited books, 1 co-authored Field Guide to Manzanitas.