David Crumpacker
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1959


David Crumpacker
Research Interests Dr. Crumpacker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His Ph.D. degree is in Genetics (1959) from the University of California at Davis. He was Assistant and Associate Professor of Agronomy at Colorado State University from 1959-68, with special interests in plant population genetics and plant breeding. He also traveled extensively throughout Colorado, collecting seeds of native corn varieties for deposit as agricultural genetic diversity in the newly established National Seed Storage Laboratory at Fort Collins. At the University of Colorado from 1968-98, he taught and conducted research in genetics and population genetics; ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral biology; and conservation biology. Much of this research involved zoological organisms. He was a member of the Nongame Advisory Council of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and senior editor of a 14-volume series on Wildlife Conservation and Energy Development in Northwest Colorado. He chaired the Dept. of Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology from 1975-78 and was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Environmental Affairs in 1978-79. He received the Robert L. Stearns Award of the University of Colorado, Boulder Alumni Association in 1979 for Outstanding Service to the University, and was awarded a University of Colorado Medal by the Board of Regents in 1980 for distinguished contributions to the welfare of the University. Dr. Crumpacker directed the University of Colorado's Graduate Training Program in Conservation and Sustainable Development from 1989-92 and the Williams Village Residential Academic Program in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science during 1993-97. From 1990-2002 he led projects that (1) predicted the effects of climatic warming on diversity of native tree and shrub species in Florida and (2) developed a secondary school curriculum for conserving biodiversity in the Denver, Colorado Metro Area.
Selected Publications

Crumpacker , D. W., Hyde-Edgerly, K., Lavender, A., and McLaren, C. F. 2002. Conserving Biodiversity in the Denver Metro Area: A Standards-Based Method for Introducing Biodiversity Concepts into Geography and Science Courses in Grades 6-12. University of Colorado, Boulder. 231 pp.

Crumpacker , D. W., Box, E. O., and Hardin, E. D. 2002. Use of plant climatic envelopes to design a monitoring system for early biotic effects of climatic warming. Florida Scientist 65:159-184.

Crumpacker , D.W., Box, E. O., and Hardin, E. D. 2001. Implications of climatic warming for conservation of native trees and shrubs in Florida. Conservation Biology 15:1008-1020.

Crumpacker , D.W., E.O. Box, and E.D. Hardin. 2001. Potential breakup of Florida plant communities as a result of climatic warming. Florida Scientist 64: 29-43.

Crumpacker , D.W., E.O. Box, and E.D. Hardin. 2001. Temperate-subtropical transition areas for native woody plant species in Florida, USA: Present locations, predicted changes under climatic warming, and implications for conservation. Natural Areas Journal 21:136-148.

Box, E.O., Crumpacker , D. W., and Hardin, E. D. 1999. Predicted effects of climatic change on distribution of ecologically important native tree and shrub species in Florida. Climatic Change 41: 213-248.

Crumpacker , D.W. 1998. Prospects for sustainability of biodiversity based on conservation biology and U.S. Forest Service approaches to ecosystem management. Landscape and Urban Planning 40: 47-71.

Crumpacker ,. D.W. 1997. Western Ecoregional Planning in The Nature Conservancy: Current Status of Pilot Projects, Differences in Approaches Used, and Implications for the Future of Conservancy-Wide Ecoregional Planning. Western Regional Office of The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado. 65 pp.

Box, E.O., Crumpacker , D.W., and Hardin, E.D. 1993. A climatic model for location of plant species in Florida, U.S.A. Journal of Biogeography 20: 629-644.

Crumpacker , D.W. 1992. Florida Ecosystems. Pp. 66-69 in E. A. Fernald, ed., Florida Atlas. (Revision of 1981 edition). Univ. Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Crumpacker , D. W., and Gregg, Jr., W. P. 1989. An ecosystem conservation database for the United States. Pp. 174-187 in Gregg, Jr., W. P., Krugman, S. L., and Wood, J. D., eds., Proceedings of the Symposium on Biosphere Reserves, Fourth World Wilderness Conference, Sept. 14-17, 1987, Estes Park, Colorado, U. S. A. U. S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Atlanta, Georgia.

Crumpacker , D.W., Hodge, S. W., Friedley, D., and Gregg, Jr, W. P. 1988. A preliminary assessment of the status of major terrestrial and wetland ecosystems on federal and Indian lands in the United States. Conservation Biology 2: 103-115.

Crumpacker , D. W., and Hodge, S. W. 1988. Representation of Major Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosystems in the National Park System of the United States and Comparison with Other U. S. National Land Management Systems. Pp. II-I to II-96 in D. J. Simon, ed., New Parks: New Promise", Vol 8 in "Investing in Park Futures: A Blueprint for Tomorrow." National Parks and Conservation Association, Washington, D. C.