Max Taub

Professor of Biology

Areas of expertise
I am a Plant Ecological Physiologist focusing on the responses of plants to environmental change


PhD, Stony Brook University 1997
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1989

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher I aim to: - Improve students understanding of the structure, functioning, life histories and diversity of organisms. - Develop their ability to read carefully, to think clearly and logically, to analyze and assess information and to synthesize information from a variety of sources. - Develop students personal perception of the living environment that surrounds them. - Develop their ability to communicate clearly in writing.

Courses: Spring 2014

Intro to Independent Research
Intro to Independent Research
Paideia Seminar 3B
Genetics and Evolution
Genetics and Evolution

Previous Courses

Botany, Global Change Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Currently I am studying the effects of rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide on various aspects of plant function. I am particularly interested in effects on the quality of food, including concentrations of protein and minerals.


Selected Publications:

* Southwestern undergraduate co-author

Taub, Daniel. R. and *Page, Joshua (2013). Cystic Fibrosis: Exploration of evolutionary explanations for the high frequency of a common genetic disorder. Genetics Society of America Peer-reviewed Education Portal.

Taub, Daniel R. and Wang, Xianzhong (2013). Effects of carbon dioxide enrichment on plants. In Pielke, R. Editor-in-Chief, Climate Vulnerability. Academic Press: San Diego, ISBN 978012384703.


Taub, Daniel R. and *Graham, Gillian (2011). Global Temperature Change in the 21st Century. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Volume 7


Taub, D.R.  (2010) Effects of Rising Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide on Plants. Nature Education Knowledge 1(8):21

Taub, Daniel R. and Wang, Xianzhong (2008) Why are Nitrogen Concentrations in Plant Tissues Lower under Elevated CO2? A Critical Examination of the Hypotheses. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology  50 (11): 1365-1374.

Taub, Daniel R.; *Miller, Brian and *Allen, Holly (2008). Effects of elevated CO2 on the protein concentration of food crops: a meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 14: 565-575.

Taub, D.R. (2002). Analysis of interspecific variation in plant growth responses to nitrogen Canadian Journal of Botany, 80: 34-41.

Taub, D.R., Seemann, J.R. and Coleman, J.S. (2000). Growth in elevated CO2 protects photosynthesis against high temperature damage. Plant, Cell and Environment, 23: 649-656.

Taub, D.R. (2000) Climate and the U.S. distribution of C4 grass subfamilies and decarboxylation variants of C4 photosynthesis. American Journal of Botany, 87: 1211-1215.
Taub, Daniel R. and Lerdau, Manuel (2000).  Relationship between leaf nitrogen and photosynthetic rate for three NAD-ME and three NADP-ME C4 grasses.  American Journal of Botany, 87: 412-417.