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Carol A. Auer , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Horticulture
University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science
1390 Storrs Road, U-4163
Storrs, CT 06269

Office Location: Agriculture Biotechnology Lab
Telephone: (860) 486-1878
Fax: (860) 486-0682
e-mail: carol.auer@uconn.edu

Complete CV
Professional Positions and education:

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, 1999 to present
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, 1993-1999
Postdoctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, 1991-1992

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990
M.S., University of Florida
B.S., University of Maryland

Courses Taught:

PLSC 216 - Plant Physiology: How Plants Work
PLSC 217 - Investigations in Plant Physiology
PLSC 305 - Physiology and Ecology of Trees
PLSC 335 - Issues in Plant Biotechnolgy


Her current scholarly work focuses on policy and ecological risk assessment for genetically modified plants. Two projects are currently being conducted: 1) understanding transparency in government regulation of genetically modified crops; a comparative assessment of transparency and policy in the US and Australia, and 2) characterizing the potential for gene flow in ornamental plants including turfgrass species. She was awarded an AAAS Risk Policy Fellowship (2002-2003) and worked in the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington DC. Carol recently received support (2005-2006) to study agricultural policy in Australia from the Bioethics Center, Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

An additional research component focuses on plant hormone biochemistry and plant development. Her research on the plant hormone cytokinin has included collaborative projects in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Other activities include acting as Chairperson of the university’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and a teaching program that includes undergraduate and graduate courses on plant physiology and biotechnology. She also works on local conservation projects and serves on the conservation commission in her town.

Recent honors and special activities

Grant support from the Bioethics Center, Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University (2005 - 2006).

Recipient of an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Risk Policy Fellowship (2002 - 2003). Fellowship placement was in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis (USDA-ORACBA), Washington, D.C.

Appointment as Chairperson of the Institutional Biosafety Committee for the University of Connecticut (2005-2008).

Gordon-Kenan Risk Analysis Summer School, August, 2003. An intensive two-week workshop on analytical methods for risk analysis by the Gordon Conferences.

Appointment as Assistant Editor for North America for the journal Plant Growth Regulation (1997-present). This is an international journal on plant growth and development.

Appointment as International Associate in the Swedish Centre for Forest Biotechnology and Chemistry (1998-2001) for research with Dr. Goran Sandberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Science.

Select Publications:

Jones, C., Madden, J., Auer, C. 2005. Modes of regeneration in Pelargonium x hortorum (Geraniaceae) and three closely related species. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plants 41:37-46

Auer, C.A. 2003. Tracking genes from seed to supermarket: Techniques and trends. Trends in Plant Science 8:591-597

Biotechnology-derived perennial turf and forage grasses: Criteria for evaluation. May, 2004. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, www.cast-science.org

Workshop report: Extending the net fitness model to considerations of crop gene flow. January, 2004. Information Systems for Biotechnology, www.isb.vt.edu

Zhao, Q., Fisher, R., Auer, C. 2002. Developmental phases and STM expression during Arabidopsis shoot organogenesis. Plant Growth Regulation 37:223-231

Knapp, J.E., Kausch, A.P., Auer, C., Brand, M.H. 2001. Transformation of Rhododendron through microprojectile bombardment. Plant Cell Reports 20:749-754

Auer, C.A. 2002. Discoveries and dilemmas concerning cytokinin metabolism. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation

van der Graff, E., Auer C., Hooykaa PJJ. 2001. Altered development of Arabidopsis thaliana carrying the Agrobacterium tumefaciens ipt gene is partially due to ethylene effects. Plant Growth Regulation 34:305-315

Auer, C.A., Motyka, V., Brezinova, A., Kaminek, M. 1999. Endogenous cytokinin accumulation and cytokinin oxidase activity during shoot organogenesis of Petunia hybrida Vilm. Physiologia Plantarum 105:141-147

A full list of publications contains 17 peer-reviewed papers and 33 abstracts.