Randall W. Myster

Oklahoma State University, USA


Randall W. Myster was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1955. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, Minn, USA in computer science and mathematics graduating with honors in 1977 and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society in 1976. His first M.S. degree (in computer science) was from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind, USA in 1980 and his second (in biology) from Rutgers University, NJ, USA in 1987. In 1990, he completed his Ph.D. degree in plant biology also from Rutgers where his major advisor was S. T. A. Pickett and his dissertation topic was the invasion and establishment of trees into forested areas abandoned from agriculture. That work was supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He took a position at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1991 which was, and still is, a long-term ecological research (LTER) site of the National Science Foundation. He was a CO-PI on their grants for 12 years and established research programs on the island of Puerto Rico, and on the mainland countries of Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. He took a new position at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001, remaining a Research Associate with the LTER who continues to fund his research. His first book “Postagricultural succession in the Neotropics” was published in 1997. In Oklahoma, he has continued his research in the neotropics, as well as research in local prairies and the forest/grassland ecotone, which is the subject of his second book due out in early 2012. He is now at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla, USA. In the Amazon, he is focusing on the dynamics of flooded forests by establishing large permanent forest plots in the Yasuni Experimental Forest in Yasuni National Park of Western Ecuador, managed by the Catholic University of Quito, and the privately managed Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Ecological Reserve near Iquitos, Peru. He is the author of 60 publications.

Biography Updated on 21 March 2011

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