About Tom Parker
At SF State Since:
B.A., Biology, University of Texas, Austin, 1973
M.A, Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975
Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1977
Research and Classes
Parker is an ecologist focused on the ecology and evolution of vegetation dynamics. Research has emphasized chaparral and tidal wetlands the last 10 years. Research questions concern seed dispersal, seed predation, seed bank dynamics, seedling establishment, and the diffuse mutualisms associated with these life history stages (e.g., mycorrhizal fungi, scatter-hoarding rodents). Parker is also an expert in the evolution and taxonomy of Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae), the most diverse woody plant genus in California.
Classes primarily taught are Plant Ecology, Community Ecology, Fire Ecology, and graduate seminars.