Dickson D. Despommier, PhD



Date of Birth: June 5, 1940
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana

Emeritus Professor with appointments in:
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Columbia University 1971-presen

1962 B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Biology
1964 M.S., Columbia University, Medical Parasitology
1967 Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Microbiology
1967-70 Post-doctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y.

1962       Research Assistant, Department of Parasitology,  Columbia University, School of Public Health
1964       Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, University of Notre Dame
1970-71 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
1971-75 Assistant Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), Division of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia University
1974-77 Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases and Public Health", School of Public Health, Columbia University
1975-77 Associate Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), Division of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia University
1976-77 Visiting Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University
1977-1982 Tenured Associate Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), Division of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia University
1980-1981 Acting Head, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Columbia University
1976-2010 Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases" (required course for 2nd year medical students), Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University. 
1978-1983 Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases", Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
1979 - President, New York Society for Tropical Medicine
1981 - Course Director, "Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases", School of Public Health, Columbia
1981-1991 - License, Director of Clinical Laboratories, N.Y.C. Department of Health
1981-1991 - Appointed "Parasitologist in Public Health", and Director of the Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory. The Presbyterian Hospital
1982 - Present Professor of Public Health (Parasitology) and Microbiology.
1985-1989 - Elected to council, American Society for Parasitologists
1985-1988 - Referee Editor, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.
1986 - Sabbatical leave. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Melbourne, Australia. March through August. 
1988-1992 - Elected to council, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
1988-1996 - Editorial Board, Experimental Parasitology
1988 - Present Executive Committee, International Commission on Trichinellosis
1989 - Vice Chairman, Gordon Research Conference: "Immunological and Biochemical Aspects of Parasitism." Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire
1989-2000 Editorial Board, Parasitology Research
1990-1999 Editorial Board, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
1999-2006. Editorial Board, Advances in Parasitology
1991 Chairman, Gordon Research Conference: "Immunological and Molecular Aspects of Parasitism" Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire
1993-1998 Course Co-director, Advanced Microbiology
1999 –2010. Course Director, "Ecology 101"
1999-2010. Medical Ecology
2003 - Volume Editor, Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections. Volume 5. Parasitology. Arnold Pubs. London

1974 - General Foods Corp. Tarrytown, N.Y.
1981-82 - Consultant, Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico
1981-83 - Consultant, United States Department of Agriculture
1981-85 - Member, N.I.H. Study Section (Tropical Medicine and Parasitology)
1986-1992 - Bionetics Research Institute, Rockville, Md.
1993-1994 - Eco Chem, Inc,. Naples, Florida
1996 - General Electric Company
2013 Plantagon, honorary board member
2016 Farmstock, LLC

1978 Elected Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1980 Distinguished Teacher Award, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
1981 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1982 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1984 Elected Teacher of the year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1987 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1989 Dean's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University
1990 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.
1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dept. Dermatology New York Medical College, Vallhala, New York.
1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology University of South Alabama. Mobile, Alabama
1993 Theobald Smith Memorial Lecturer, New York Society of Tropical Medicine
1997 Excellence in Teaching Award, Third Grade, Livingston Manor Central School, Livingston Manor, New York
2003 The 2003 National Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence Award. American Medical Student Association/Foundation
2008 Distinguished Fall Lecturer, 2nd Yr. Class, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University
2008 Chicago Museum of Science and Industry: Honored as one of the world’s top 10 innovators (featuring an exhibit on vertical farming opening in September, 2008)
2008 Drew University: Distinguished Visiting Lecturer
2009 American Institute for Architecture, New York Chapter. Certificate of Merit. Presentation on vertical farming
2009 Exhibit for the vertical farm. Exit Art Museum New York City
2009 Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to our re-thinking of farming systems and water and energy conservation.
2010 Guggenheim Museum of Art. Part of an exhibit on the Guggenheim Forum: Declaration. Feb. 21st-March 10th. New York City
2010 Featured in DIE WAHREN VISIONÄRE UNSERER ZEIT by Martin Hausler. 2010
2013 Distinguished Serve Award. Columbia University Medical School.
2013 Plantagon Award for contributions to the field of vertical farming.

1963-64 U.S.P.H.S.  Traineeship, Columbia University American Cancer Society Summer Research Fellowship, University of Notre Dame
1965-67 U.S.P.H.S. Traineeship, University of Notre Dame
1967-69 N.I.H. Post-doctoral Fellowship
1971-1998 N.I.H. Research Grant 1-RO1-AI-10627, Functional Antigens of Trichinella spiralis, Principal Investigator (Renewed competitively 6 consecutive times) Most recent award 1994-1998 - $980,000
1972-74 N.I.H. Research Grant 1-RO1 AI-11150 Co-principal Investigator
1972-76 N.I.H. Career Development Award 1-KO4-AI 70255
1984-1991 MacArthur Foundation Grant for Molecular Parasitology. Charles Cantor, Principal Investigator $2,000,000
1999-2001 GRACE Foundation. $25,000/yr for 3 yrs. Medical Ecology website and subject development
2002-2003 Pfizer Gift for Medical Ecology web site development. $300,000

1974-76 Standing Research Committee, School of Public Health
1974-78 Admissions Committee, School of Public Health
1977-78 Chairperson, Admissions Committee, School of Public Health
1975-78 Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Medicine
1973 Grading Committee, School of Public Health
1974-2009 Human Subjects in Research Committee, School of Public Health
1978 Search Committee for Chairperson of Pediatrics Harlem Hospital
1976-2010 Second Year Class Committee, Faculty of Medicine
1980-1988 Animal Care Committee
1984 Elected to University Senate
1984-1986 Chairman , Animal Care Committee
1985 Search committee for Head, Institute for Comparative Medicine. Department of Pathology.
1987 Search committee for Director of Division of Population and Family Planning
1987 Re-elected to University Senate
1988-2000 AIMS Committee
1988-Present Admissions Committee, Faculty of Medicine
1988-present Steering Committee of the Admissions Committee, Medical School
1988-1998 Curriculum committee, School of Public Health
1990-1998 Dean's Committee on Academic Strategy for The Medical School
1990-1993 Planning Committee of the Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Medicine
1990 Search Committee, Chairman of Otolaryngology, St. Luke's Hospital
1991-1995 The University Senate
1991-2000 Advisory Board, Faculty House
1991 Steering Committee, School of Public Health
1993-1996 Dean's Advisory Committee, Faculty of Medicine
2003 Chair, Dean’s Committee on Educational Space, Faculty of Medicine
2003 Committee on Appointments and Promotions, School of Public Health
2006- 2009. Admissions Committee, Ben Gurion University Medical School

1978 Department of Pathology, William Harrington (Ph.D. Candidate, Preliminary Examination)
1977 Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. Defense Committee)
1980 Division of Population and Family Planning, School of Public Health. Sarah Grove (Ph.D. Candidate, Preliminary Examination)
1980 Department of Microbiology, David Silberstein (Ph.D. Candidate, Preliminary Examination, Thesis Defense , Thesis Advisor)
1988 Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health Doctoral thesis committee, Jeanne Courvalle.
1991 Division of Molecular Parasitology, New York University. Doctoral thesis advisor external) Silvia Chei.
1991 Division of Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health. Doctoral thesis committee, Jenan Al-Atrash.
1993 Department of Genetics. Doctoral thesis committee, Demitri Vassialitis
2003 Kim Knowlton, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
2007 Babacar Cicce MD/PhD candidate –combined program
2007 Elizabeth Kelvin PhD Epidemiology – thesis defense. Al Houser, advisor

American Chemical Society
American Society for Parasitologists
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Royal Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
New York Society of Tropical Medicine
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi (full member since 1966)
Harvey Society(since 1978)
American Men in Science (since 2000)
New York Academy of Sciences - 2010
Science Barge Advisory Board – 2007 - Present
Food Safety Advisory Board, Department of Health for the City of New York (2007-2009)
Who's Who in the East – (Since 2000)
Who’s Who in American Education (Since 2005)
Who's Who in America (Since 1987)
Angler’s Club of New York(since 2002)
Salmagundi Club – (Since 2005)
1100 Watercolor Society – 2003-2008

"The in vivo and in vitro analysis of acquired resistance to Trichinella spiralis infections in mice." 1967 Ph.D. Thesis, University of Notre Dame.

Vertical Farm Project – 1999-Present (see: www.verticalfarm.com)
Urban Sustainable Agricultural Initiatives – 2000-Present
Medical Ecology of West Nile Virus – 2000-Present (see: www.medicalecology.org)
Emerging Infectious Disease Ecology – 1999-Present

Board of Directors, Arts Interaction/Gallery 12. 1990-1995
Trout Unlimited,1974-Present.
Board of Directors, East Jersey Chapter, Trout Unlimited,1982-1984.
Director of two day workshop: "We All Live Downstream", sponsored by East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Sept. 21 and 22, 1991
Board of Advisors, The Neighborhood Fund. 1992-Present
Board of Directors, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. 1994-1999
Executive Committee, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. 1999-2006
Director of Educational Programs, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. 1996-1999
Board of Directors, Friends of Fishes - 1994-1999
Brodhead Forest and Stream Association - 2000-Present
Anglers Club of New York- 1999-2016
Salmagundi Club of New York – 2003-present
President, Apple Trees Productions, LLC (published 5 books as of 2006; see www.apple-trees.com)
President and founder, Vertical Farm Technologies, LLC - 2007

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Fall 2004 – First place - “Portals” - photograph
Salmagundi Club of New York – 2005 – Honorable Mention – “Portals” - photograph
Salmagundi Club of New York – 2007 -  Grand Prize – best in show, Fall auction: “Mocha Latte Water Buffalo” – photograph
Salmagundi Club of New York – 2008- Certificate of Merit – “My Favorite Thing” show - “Bicycle”, digital image
Salmagundi Club of New York – 2009- Certificate of Merit – “Tree”, digital image
The Art Students League of New York – 2005 - Red Dot Award – “Jars and Pear”, watercolor
The Art Students League of New York – 2008 - Red Dot Award – “Spathia”, watercolor
The Art Students League of New York – 2009 – Red Dot Award – “Red Stamen”, watercolor
Architecture Institute of America, New York Chapter. 2009. Award of Merit.

1978-2009 “Parasitic Diseases". Required course, 2nd yr. medical students. Course director
1980-Present “Medical Elective in the Tropics”. Available to 4th year medical students. Director of the program
1982-1998 "Advanced Microbiology". Required course, first year graduate students in Dept. Microbiology, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Section on eukaryotic parasites.
1994-2009. "Ecology 101”. Elective course at the SPH. Open to all graduate-level students campus wide. Course director.
1993-2009 "Environmental Health Sciences". Core course, team taught to all students in SPH. Lectures on Water, Energy Use, Land Use. Co-founder of course contents.
1994–1998 "Medical Ecology" lectures (3), to 1st year medical students. Founded lecture series: Atmosphere; Food; Water.
1999- present“Medical Ecology”  Fall semester course, elective for all graduate students
2000. "Cholera Then And Now" Elective course for Environmental Health Science Students.
2003, 2004 “Core Course in Environmental Health Sciences”, course director, SPH
2002-2009 “Emerging Infectious Diseases” Co-director with Steve Morse, SPH
2012- present. “Ecology For Designers”. Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus


  1. Despommier, D.D., M. Kajima, and B.S. Wostmann. 1967. Ferritin-conjugated antibody studies on the larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 53: 618-624.

  2. Despommier, D.D., and B.S. Wostmann. 1968. Diffusion chambers for inducing immunity to Trichinella spiralis in mice. Exp. Parasitol. 23: 228-233.

  3. Despommier, D.D., and B.S. Wostmann. 1969. Trichinella spiralis: Immune elimination in mice. Exp. Parasitol. 24: 243-250.

  4. Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1969.  Particle-associated functional antigens of Trichinella spiralis larvae and immunity in mice. Proced. 2nd International Conference Trichinellosis. Warsaw, Poland.  Wiadomosci Parazytologiczne. T.X.V. Nr. 5-6: 612 (abstract).

  5. Fuchs, M., G.B. Craig, and D.D. Despommier. 1969.  The protein nature of the substance inducing female monogamy in Aedes aegypti. J. Insect Physiol. 15: 701-709.

  6. Dennis, D., D.D. Despommier, and N. Davis. 1970.  The infectivity of the newborn larva of Trichinella spiralis in the rat. J. Parasit. 56: 974-977.

  7. Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1970.  The schistosome of Trichinella spiralis: Its structure and function. J. Parasit. 56: Sec. II. Part 1. 2nd Internat. Cong. Parasitol. pp. 76-77.

  8. Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1970. Functional antigens of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 56: Sect. II. Part 1. 2nd Internat. Cong. Parasitol. p. 76.

  9. Despommier, D.D. 1971. The immunogenicity of the newborn larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 57: 531-535.

10. Despommier, D.D., and G.J. Jackson. 1972. Actinomycin-D and Puromycin-HCl in axenic cultures of the nematode, Neoaplectana glaseri. J. Parasit. 58: 774-777.

11. Despommier, D.D. 1973. A circular thermal migration device for the rapid collection of large numbers of intestinal helminths. J. Parasit. 59: 933-935.

12. Purkerson, M., and D.D. Despommier. 1974. Fine structure of the muscle phase of Trichinella spiralis in the mouse. In: Trichinellosis.(ed. C. Kim), Intext Publishers, N.Y.C.  pp. 7-24.

13. Despommier, D.D. 1974. The stichocyte of Trichinella spiralis during morphogenesis in the small intestine of the rat. In: Trichinellosis.(ed. C. Kim), Intext Publishers, N.Y.C. pp. 239-255.

14. Despommier, D.D., M. Muller, B. Jenks, and M. Fruitstone. 1974. Immunodiagnosis of human trichinosis using counterimmunoelectrophoresis and agar gel diffusion techniques. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 23: 41-44.

15. Despommier, D.D., S. Weisbroth, and C. Fass. 1974.  Circulating eosinophils and trichinosis in the rat: The stage responsible for induction during infection. J.  Parasit. 60: 280-284.

16. Despommier, D.D., L. Aron, and L. Turgeon. 1975.  Trichinella spiralis: Growth of the intracellular (muscle)larva. Exp. Parasitol. 37: 108-116.

17. Despommier, D.D. 1975. Adaptive changes in muscle fibers infected with Trichinella spiralis. Amer. J. Pathology 78: 477-484.

18. Feldman, A., H. Rosenkranz, and D.D. Despommier. 1975.  Guanine-cytosine content of DNA from the mature muscle larva of Trichinella spiralis as determined from buoyant density and thermal-helix coil transition measurements. J. Parasit.  61: 570-571.

19. Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1976. The stichosome and its secretion granules in the mature muscle larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 62:775-785.

20. Despommier, D.D., W.C. Campbell, and L. Blair.  1977.  The in vivo and in vitro analysis of immunity to Trichinella spiralis in mice and rats. Parasitology. 74: 109-119.

21. Crum, E., D.D. Despommier, and D.D. McGregor. 1977. Immunity to Trichinella spiralis. I. Transfer of resistance by two classes of lymphocytes. Immunology. 33: 787-796.

22. Despommier, D.D., D.D. McGregor, and E. Crum. 1977.  Immunity to Trichinella spiralis.  II. Expression of immunity against adult worms. Immunology. 33: 797-805.

23. Despommier, D. 1977. Immunity to Trichinella spiralis. Amer. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 26: 68-75.

24. Despommier, D., M. Sukhdeo, and E. Meerovitch. 1978.  Trichinella spiralis: Site selection by the larva during the enteral phase of the infection in mice. Exp. Parasitol.  44: 209-215.

25. Williams, R.W., N.K.B. Hagan, A. Berger, and D.D. Despommier. 1978. An improved assay technique for matrone, a mosquito pheromone, and its application for ultrafiltration experiments. J.Insect. Physiol. 24: 127-132.

26. Bell, R.G., D.D. McGregor, and D.D. Despommier. 1979.  Trichinella spiralis: Mediation of the intestinal component of protective immunity in the rat by multiple, phase-specific, antiparasitic responses. Exp. Parasitol. 47: 140-157.

27. Despommier, D.D.  1979. The immune system and parasitism. In: “Infectious Diseases.” June, 1979.

28. Despommier, D.D., and A. Laccetti.  1981.  Trichinella spiralis: Proteins and antigens isolated from a large-particle fraction derived from the muscle larva. Exp.  Parasitol. 51: 279-295.

29. Despommier, D.D., and A. Laccetti.  1981.  Trichinella spiralis: Partial characterization of antigens isolated by immuno-affinity chromatography from the large-particle fraction of the muscle larva.  J. Parasit.  67: 332-339.

30. Despommier, D.D.  1981. Partial purification and characterization of protection- inducing antigens from the muscle larva of Trichinella spiralis by molecular sizing chromatography and preparative flatbed isoelectric focusing. Parasite Immunology 3: 261-272.

31. Despommier, D.D.  1981. The Laboratory Diagnosis of Entamoeba histolytica. Bull. New York Academy of Medicine 57: 212-216.

32. Seawright, G.L., D.D. Despommier, W. Zimmerman, and R.  Isenstein.1983. Enzyme immunoassay for swine trichinellosis using antigens. Trop. Med. Hyg. 32: 1275-1284.

33. Silberstein, D., and D.D. Despommier. 1984.  Antigens from Trichinella spiralis that induce protection in the mouse. J. Immunol. 132: 898-904.

34. Lefkowitch, J.H., S. Krumhotz, K.-C. Feng-Chen, P. Griffin, D. D. Despommier, and T.A. Brasitus. 1984.  Cryptosporidiosis of the human small intestine: A light and electron microscopic study. Human Path. 15: 746-752.

35. Burnham, J.C., and D.D. Despommier.1985. Development of the male genitalia of Trichinella spiralis during its enteral phase of development in the mouse: an SEM study. J. Parasit.  70: 310-311.

36. Murrell, K.D., and D.D. Despommier. 1984. Immunization of swine against Trichinella spiralis. Vet. Parasitol. 15: 263-270.

37. Capo, V., D.D. Despommier, and D.S. Silberstein. 1984. The site of ecdysis of the L1 larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 70: 992-993.

38. Silberstein .D.S., and D. D. Despommier. 1985. Effects on Trichinella spiralis of host responses to purified antigens.  Science 227: 948-950.

39. Silberstein, D.S., and D.D. Despommier. 1985.  Immunization with purified antigens protects mice from lethal infection with Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 71: 516-517.

40. Despommier, D.D. 1985. Preparation and standardization of antigens useful in the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  Develop. Biol. Standards. 62: 53-56.

41. Isenstein, R.S.; H.M. Marks; D.W. Webert; J.C. Judkins; C.M. Parker; and D.D. Despommier. (1985). In: ICT6 Trichinellosis (ed. C. Kim), The State University Press; Albany, N.Y., pp. 240-245.

42. Pincus, S.H., P.V. Cammaratta, M. DeLima, and D.D. Despommier. 1986. Eosinophilia in murine Trichinosis. J. Parasit. 72: 321-324.

43. Capo, V.,D.D. Despommier, and D.S. Silberstein. 1986.  Immunocytolocalization of two protection-inducing antigens of Trichinella spiralis during its enteral phase inimmune and non-immune mice. J. Parasit. 72: 931-938.

44. Symmans, W.A.; C.H. Beresford; D. Dickson; D.  Despommier, B.J. Reeder, and C.S. Shepherd. 1986. Cyclic eosinophilic myositis and hyperimmunoglobulin-E . Ann.  Internal Med. 104: 26-32.

45. Stewart, G.L.; D.D. Despommier; J. Burnham; and K.  Reins. 1987.Trichinella spiralis: Behavioral, structural, and biochemical studies on larvae following exposure to components of the host enteric environment. Exp. Parasitol.  63: 195-204.

46. Despommier, D.D., A. Gold, S.W. Buck, V. Capo and D.  Silberstein. 1990. Trichinella spiralis: A secreted antigen of the infective L1 larva localizes to the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm of infected host cells. Exp. Parasitol. 72: 27- 38.

47. Despommier, D.D. 1990. Trichinella spiralis: The worm that would be Virus Parasitology Today. 6: 193-196.

48. Gold, A.M.; D.D. Despommier; and S.W. Buck. 1990. Partial characterization of two antigens secreted by the larva of Trichinella spiralis. Mol. Biochem. Parasit. 41: 187-196

49. Despommier, D.D.; W.F. Symmans; and R. Dell. 1991.  Changes in Nurse cell nuclei during infection with Trichinella spiralis. J.Parasitol. 77: 290-295. 

50. Baruch, A.M., and D.D.Despommier. 1991. Blood vessels in Trichinella spiralis infections: a study using vascular casts. J. Parasitol. 77: 99-103.

51. Vassilatis, D., D.D. Despommier, D. Misek, R.I. Polvere, A.M. Gold, and L.H.T. van der Ploeg. Analysis of a 43 kDa glycoprotein from the intracellular parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis. 1992. J. Biol. Chem. 267: 18,459-18,465.

52. Despommier, D.D. 1992. Tapeworm infection: the long and the short of it. New England Journal of Medicine. 327: 727-728. 

53. Despommier, D.D. 1993. Trichinella spiralis and the concept of niche. J. Parasitol. 79: 472-482.

54. Jasmer, D.P., S. Yao, D. Vassilatis, D.D. Despommier, and S.M. Neary. 1994. Failure to detect Trichinella spiralis p43 in isolated host nuclei and in irradiated larvae of infected muscle cells which express the infected cell phenotype. Mol.  Biochem. Parasit. 67: 225-234.

55. Montgomery, J., Feldmen, A., Despommier, DD., Stewart, G.L., and Haeling E. 1995. A method for isolation and partial purification of large quantities of Trichinella spiralis Nurse cells. J. Parasitol. 81: 649-652.

56. Capo, V.; and D. D. Despommier. 1996. Clinical aspects of infection with Trichinella spp. Clinical Microbiol. Reviews 9: 47-54.

57. Vassilatis, D.K.; Despommier, D.D.; Polvere, R.I.; Gold, A.M.; and Van der Ploeg, L.H.T. 1996. Trichinella pseudospiralis secretes a protein related to the Trichinella spiralis 43-kDa glycoprotein. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 78: 13-23.

58. Vassilatis, D.K.; Polvere, R.I.; Despommier, D.D.; Gold, A.M.; and Van der ploeg, L.H.T. 1996. Developmental expression of a 43-kDa secreted glycoprotein from Trichinella spiralis. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 78: 25-31.

59. Despommier, D.D. 1997. Trichinella spiralis and the concept of Parakines.In:9th International Conference on Trichinellosis. August. Mexico City.

60. Gold, A.M.; and Despommier, D.D. 1997. A major secreted glycoprotein of Trichinella spiralis L1 larvae is relatedto the serine peptidases. 9th International Conference on Trichinellosis. Mexico City..  

61. Polvere, R.I.; Kabash, C.; Kadan, I.; Capo, V.; Gold,A.M.; and Despommier, D.D. 1997. Trichinella spiralis: collagen type IV and type VI synthesis. Exp. Parasitol.86:191-199.

62. Capo, V., D.D.Despommier, and R.I.Polvere. 1998. Trichinella spiralis: Vascular endothelial growth factor is up-regulated within the Nurse cell during the early phase of its formation. J.Parasitol. 84: 209-214.

63. Despommier, D.D. 1998. How Trichinella spiralis makes itself at home. Parasitology Today. August. p.318-323.

64. Despommier, D.D. 2003. Toxocariasis: clinical aspects, epidemiology, medical

        ecology, and molecular aspects. Clin Microbiol Rev. Apr;16:265-72.

65. Despommier, D.D; Ellis, B.R.; B. Wilcox. 2007. The role of ecotones in emerging infectious diseases. Ecohealth 3, 281-289.

66. Despommier, D.D. 2007. Chemical trails and the parasites that follow them. PNAS. Vol.104

67. Ellingsen, E., and D. Despommier. 2008. The Vertical Farm- The origin of a 21st Century Architectural Typology. Issue III. CTBUH Journal.  pp. 26-34

68. The Future of Our Food. Consilience. 2010.

69. The Vertical Farm. 2013. Vol. 31., pp. 388-389. Trends in Biotechnology

70. The vertical farm and hydroponics. In: Advances in Soil Sciences. R. Lal, ed. Francis & Taylor, Pub. 2016. in press

71. Circular reasoning re-defined. Future Design Council Pub. 2016.

72. A singularity of integrated functions (defining the eco-city) in: SOM Thinkers #1. Skidmore, Owings &Merrill, pub., 2016

73. Vertical Farms In Horticulture. Springer Verlag, Pub. 2016 in press

74. Compassion Manifesto: The Vertical Farm. Salt. 2016


1.   Katz, M., D.D. Despommier and R. Gwadz. Parasitic Diseases.  Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg. First edition.  1982. pp. 264.

2.   Despommier, D.D. and J. Karapelou. Parasite Life Cycles. Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg.  1987. pp. 127

3.   Katz, M., D.D. Despommier, and R.W.Gwadz. Parasitic Diseases. Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg. Second Edition. 1989. pp. 301.

4.   Despommier, D.D., Gwadz, R.G., and Hotez, P.J. Parasitic Diseases. Springer Verlag Pub., New York and Heidleberg. Third Edition. 1994. pp. 333.

     5. Despommier, DD, Gwadz, R.G., Hotez, P, Knirsch, C., Parasitic Diseases, Apple Trees Productions, LLC, Pub., New York , NY. Fourth Edition. 2000. pp. 345

6. Despommier, DD, Gwadz, R.G., Hotez, P, Knirsch, C., Parasitic Diseases, Apple Trees Productions, LLC, Pub., New York , NY. Fifth Edition. Second printing. 2006. pp. 363

7. Parasitic Diseases, 6th ed. Despommier, D.D., D. Griffin, R.W. Gwadz, P.J. Hotez, C. Knirsch. Parasites Without Borders, Pubs. 2017

7. Despommier, D.D., West Nile Story. Apple Trees Productions, LLC., Pub., New York, NY. 2001. pp. 134

8. Despommier, D.D., West Nile Story, 2nd ed. Kindle edition, Amazon. 2011

9. Despommier, DD. The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century Thomas Dunn Books, St. Martin’s Press. October, 2010

10. Despommier, DD. People, Parasites, And Plowshares. Columbia University Press. 2013


  1. Despommier, D.  1976. Musculature. In: Ecological Aspects of Parasitology, C.R.  Kennedy, ed. Elsiever Excerpta Medical North-Holland Pub.  pp. 269-285.

  2. Despommier, D.D.  1980. Experimental Parasitology. In: The Laboratory Rat. Chapter II, Vol. II.  J. Baker, H.J. Lindsey and S. Weisbroth, eds., Academic Press, N.Y.C., pp. 225-244.

  3. Despommier, D.D.  1983. Biology. In: Trichinella and Trichinosis. W.C. Campbell, ed. Plenum Pub. Corp., N.Y.C. pp. 75-142.

  4. Despommier, D.D. 1983. The Interpretation of Serological Tests for Human Parasitic Infections. In: Immunodiagnosis for Clinicians: Interpre- tation of Immunologic Assays.  M.H. Grieco and D.K. Meriney, eds. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.  (pp. 324-335).

  5. Despommier, D.D. 1985. Antigens of Trichinella spiralis In: Trichinellosis.  (C.Kim, ed.). Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Trichinellosis.  August 6-9, 1984. Val Morin, Quebec, Canada. pp.8-16.

  6. Despommier, D.D. 1985. Preparation and standardization of antigens useful in the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  In: Developments in Biological Standardization. Diagnostics and vaccines for parasitic diseases. ( M. Tiru and W.  Hennessen, eds. ) S. Karger, pub. Basel, Munich, Paris, London, and New York. pp.53-58.

  7. Despommier, D,D. 1986.

Trichinellosis. In: Immunodiagnosis of Parasitic Diseases, Vol. 1 . K. Walls . and P. Schantz, eds. Academic Press, Orlando, Fla. U.S.A. pp. 163-182.

  8. Despommier, D.D. 1987. The Immunobiology of Trichinella spiralis. In: Immune Responses in Parasitic Infections: Immunology, Immunopathology, and Immunoprophylaxsis. Vol. I. Nematodes. E.J.L. Soulsby, ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla. pp.43-60

  9. Despommier, D.D. 1995. Trichinella spiralis and its enteral site niche. In: Eneteric Infection (M. J. G. Farthing; G. T. Keusch; and D. Wakelin, eds.) Chapman and Hall Medical Pubs., London. pp. 107-116.

10. Despommier, D.D. 1995. Trichinella spiralis. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract (M.J. Blaser; P.D. Smith; J.I. Ravdin; H. B. Greenberg; and R. L. Guerrant ed.). Raven Press, New York. Chapter 77.pp 1179-1188.

11. Despommier,D.D. 1997. Trichinella and Toxocara. in: Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections. 1997.  

12. Despommier,D.D. 1997. Trichinella and Toxocara sp. in:Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (S. Long, L.K.Pickering, and C.G.Prober, eds) Churchhill-Livingstone, Pubs. New York. 1997.pp.1469-1475.

13. Hamer,D.,and D.D.Despommier.1998.  Intestinal Nematodes. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract.(S.L.Gorbach, J. G. Bartlett, and N.R.Blacklow,eds).  W.B. Saunders, Pubs. Philadelphia. 1998.pp. 2456-2465.

14. Hamer, D, and D.D.Despommier. 1998 Tissue Nematodes. in: Infectious Diseases. (S.L.Gorbach, J.G. Bartlett, and N.R. Blacklow, eds).W.B. Saunders, Pubs.


15. Despommier,D.D. 2001. Trichinella and Toxocara sp. in: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (S. Long, L.K.Pickering, and C.G.Prober, eds) Churchhill-Livingstone, Pubs. New York. 2001.

16. Despommier, D.D. 2001. Trichinella spiralis. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract (M.J. Blaser; P.D. Smith; J.I. Ravdin; H. B. Greenberg; and R. L. Guerrant ed.). Raven Press, New York. 2001.

17. Despommier, D. D. 2008. Tissue Nematodes in: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 3rd Ed. (S. Long, L.K. Pickering, and C.G. Prober, eds). Churchill-Livingstone, Pubs. pp. 1304

18. Despommier, D.D.; E. Ellingsen. 2008. Models: Proof of Concept. 30/60/90 Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 64-72.

19. Tall and Green: a typology for a sustainable urban future. 8th World Congress, March 3-5, 2008. Dubai, UAE. Congress Proceedings. Despommier, D.D., and E. Ellingsen. The vertical farm: The skyscraper as vehicle for a sustainable urban agriculture. pp. 311-318.

20. The urban ecosystem: sustainable future for the built environment. Degrees of Change: Urban Design After the Age of Oil

21. The Vertical Farm and Architecture. Oz. University of Kansas Journal of Architecture.

22. Springer-Verlag. The Vertical Farm in Horticulture.

      http://refworks.springer.com/mrw/index.php?id=3788. Online Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.

23. The Vertical Farm. Trends in Technology. Vol. 31, No. 7, July 2013

24. SOM Future of the Skyscraper. 2015


  1. The 3rd International Conference on Trichinellosis. Miami, Florida, 1972. Coordinator of meeting and Chairperson, Symposium on Mechanisms of Immunity.

  2. European Workshop on Immunology. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1974. “The Antigens of the Stichosome of Trichinella spiralis”. 

  3. American Society for Microbiology (New York Chapter).  Symposium on Intracellular Parasitism held at The Rockefeller University, N.Y.C. 1974. “Trichinella spiralis: The World’s Largest Intracellular Parasite”.

  4. W.H.O. Post-Graduate Course on The Immune System and Parasites. Nairobi,Kenya.1979. “Immunity to Trichinella spiralis”. 

  5. The 5th International Conference on Trichinellosis, Noordwak aan Zee, The Netherlands, 1980. Co-chairperson, Session in Immunopathology; presented two papers on the antigens of Trichinella spiralis. 

  6. The 6th International Conference on Trichinellosis , Val Morin, Canada 1984. “Antigens”.

  7. The use of affinity-purified antigens from Trichinella spiralis in the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  Internat.Assoc.Biol. standards/WHO Symposium on Parasitological Diagnostics and Vaccines, Feb. 20-22, 1985.  Stockholm, Sweden.

  8. Trichinella and structural changes in mammalian muscle fibers: observations of a non-malignant transformation process. Symposium sponsored jointly by The Helminthological Society of Washington and The New Jersey Society for Parasitology.May 11, 1985.

  9. Immuno-Parasitology: Recent advances in diagnosis and vaccination. Dean’s Day Symposium . P&S 126th Alumni Reunion.  Columbia University, May 10&11,1985.

10. Stage-specific antigens of Trichinella spiralis. Gordon Research Conference on Immunology and Molecular Biology of Parasites. August 3-7, 1987.

11. Chair, session on Trichinellosis. Lecture title: Biology of the parenteral phase of Trichinella spiralis. Third Latin American   Congress of Tropical Medicine and the Ninth National Congress of Parasitology. Mexico City,

12. Structure-function relationships in the development of the Nurse cell-parasite complex of Trichinella spiralis.  South Eastern Society of Parasitologists Annual meeting, Boone, North Carolina. April 18-20, 1990.

13. Trichinella spiralis: The world’s largest virus. Lecture in: “Biology of Parasitism” course at Woods Hole, Mass. July 5, 1990.

14. Development of the Nurse cell-parasite complex in Trichinella spiralis infection. Lecture in Biology of Parasitism course at Woods Hole, Mass. July 10, 1992  

15. Trichinella spiralis and the concept of niche.  President’s symposium. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Parasitologists. Philadelphia, Pa. August, 1993.

16. “On the Value of Trout”. In: “The Economics of the Environment”. G. Chichilniski, course director.

17. “My Life as a Worm”. Annual Theobald Smith Lecture. Cornell University Medical School. 1993.

18. “Trypanosomiasis, a Tale of Two Continents”. 16th Annual Darwin Festival. Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts. February 15, 1995.

19. “The Nurse cell-parasite complex of Trichinella spiralis: Roofing and other home building activities. Plenary Lecture, British Society for Parasitology. April, 1996

20. Trichinella spiralis and the concept of Parakines. Symposium, 9th International Conference on Trichinellosis. Mexico City. August, 1996.

21. Trichinella spiralis: Nature’s master architect. U. Texas at Houston, Feb. 1997. Celebration of the merging of the departments of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Physiology.

22. University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Boulton Center Annual Conference on Parasitism. May 3, 1997 “Trichinella spiralis: how the worm turns”.

23.Gordon Research Conference on “Parasitism” New Port, Rhode Island, July, 1997. Trichinella spiralis and Nurse cell biology”.

24.Keynote speaker, International Health Conference, Einstein Medical College. “Medical Elective in the Tropics for 4th Year Medical Students”. April 30th, 1998.

25.Climate Change: What does it mean for South Florida? Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Wyndam Miami Biscayne Hotel. May 26th, 1999. “Implications of Climate Change for Public Health”

26.Invited Speaker: Ecology and Health Conference sponsored by :NIEHS, EPA, State of North Carolina, Duke University, University of North Carolina. Title: Medical Ecology: A New Way of Looking at Public Health. June 28th, 2000.

27.Keynote speaker: Coastal Ecology and Health held at Marine Biological Station in Wilmington, North Carolina, Sept 7th, 2000. "Medical Ecological Aspects of Estuarine Environments"

28.Lamont Colloquium: "Medical Ecological Aspects of Riverine Environments". September 8th, 2000.

29. Invited speaker Trichinellosis Conference, San Diego. August, 2004. What we still need to

      know about the biology of Trichinella spiralis.

30. Invited speaker: Fancy Gap Annual Meeting, October, 2004. What we still need to know

      about the biology of Trichinella spiralis

31. Invited speaker: Brigham Young University “The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st

Century” January 13th, 2005

32.Invited speaker: Fairleigh Dickinson University “Vertical Farming: Saving the Earth” February 17, 2005

33.History of Medicine Series, Health Sciences Center, Columbia University 2005:

     “Creationism, Dinosaurs and Worms: The Discovery of Trichinella spiralis. January 27th,


34. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond. Visiting scholar. 

      Perspectives in Biology. Wake Forest University. May 10-16th. 2005.

35. Emerging Infections and the Ecotone National Institutes of Health, Bilthoven, The

      Netherlands. The ecotone as a zone of disease transmission. Symposium: Emerging diseases

      transmitted between animals and humans. February, 2005.

36. The Vertical Farm Project. March, 2007. The Social Enterprise Conference. Harvard

      University Business School.

37. The Vertical Farm. Arup New York. June, 2007.

38. The Vertical Farm. Kiss and Cathcart Architects, June, 2007. New York.

39. The Vertical Farm Concept. Making Cities Livable. Portland, Oregon, June2007 

40. Urban Agriculture in The Urban Landscape. United Nations Conference on Climate Change –

      DPI/NGO annual meeting. September 2007.

41. Innovating Metropolitan Agriculture. Beijing, China. October 2007. Joint meeting between

      Holland and China. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond.

42. Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario. November 2007. The Concept of Vertical


43. The Vertical Farm. Xavier High school. October, 2008.

44. The Vertical Farm. FxFowle Architects, New York. November, 2007.

45. The Vertical Farm. Combined studios presentation. Illinois Institute of Technology. February

      18, 2008.

46. The ecotone and transmission of infectious diseases. Microbial Threats to Homeland

      Security. Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C. February 2008

47. The vertical farm: agriculture for the 21st century and beyond. MIT. March 14th, 2008.

48. Seoul Digital Forum, March, 2008. Speaker. The Vertical Farm: agriculture for the 21st

        century and beyond.

49. Drew University, 2008. Distinguished Lecture Series in Biology. 2008. The Vertical Farm


50. Incheon Tourist Organization, March, 2008. The Vertical Farm and Incheon EcoPark


51. World Science Forum. May 28, 2008. Low Library, Columbia University. Urban Agriculture.

52. World Science Festival. May 30, 2008. Kimmel Auditorium, NYU campus. The Vertical

        Farm Concept.

53. Taste3, Napa California. July 17, 2008. Vertical Farm and Urban Agriculture.

54. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) annual meeting, New York City. August 15th,

      2008. Gotham Hall. The Vertical Farm: Who will set the standards? 

55. Green Buildings: Building Green. The Vertical Farm. American Institute for Architects.

      October, 2008

56. In Celebration Of A New Green Roof. The Free Library of Philadelphia. October 13th, 2008

57. Urban Agriculture: the vertical farm project. The Feast. Scandanavia House. October 14th,


58. The Vertical Farm. Pop!Tech. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Camden,

      Maine. October 23rd, 2008

59. A vertical farm for Surrey, British Columbia. Sept. 2008

60. The Vertical Farm. Fredrick Douglas Academy. 147th and St. Nicholas Ave., NY, NY

      October, 2008

61. Urban Agricultural Initiatives. University of Illinois, Chicago campus. November 5th, 2008.

62. The Vertical Farm as a Design Feature of the Urban Landscape. Parsons School of Design.

      New York City. November 6th, 2008

63. Vertical Farm Concept for Greener Buildings. Green Building Council of New York.

      November 13th, 2008.

64. Indian Institute for Architecture. Bangalore, India. December 10th, 2008. Making A

      Difference. Sustainable Urban Agriculture

65. Pune, India. December 16th, 2008. F.E.E.D., Sustainable Urban Agriculture – The Vertical

      Farm Project

65.  Rochester Institute for Technology. 2009. January 8th. The Vertical Farm Project 

66. Secret Science Club. Union Hall, Brooklyn. January 13, 2009. Urban Agriculture

        for the 21stCentury: The vertical Farm.

67. Going Green Boston. March 10th. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the Future City.

68. Rutgers University Cook College School of Agriculture. March 13th. The Vertical

       Farm:  agriculture for the 21st century and beyond.

69. TED 2009. Feburary3-6. Speaker. Long Beach, California. Sustainable Urban

       Agriculture: The Vertical Farm.

70. Daughters of the American Revolution – Garden Club, New York. March 23rd.

       The Vertical Farm. 2009

71. Pecha Kucha. March 24th. The Vertical Farm: Urban Agriculture for the Future


72. USDA International Agricultural Research Division. March 25th. The Vertical

       Farm: agriculture for the 21st century and beyond.

73. Grimshaw Architects, New York. March 27th, 2009. The Vertical Farm

74. Starting Bloc. Sunday, March 29th, 2009. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century.

75. Norwich University (Vermont). Dept. Architecture. April 1, 2009. The Vertical Farm:

      Centerpiece for the Eco-city of Tomorrow.

76. The Vertical Farm: a new investment opportunity. Temple University School of

      Business 4th Annual Social Enterprise Day. April 8, 2009

77. The Vertical Farm Project. Horace-Mann School, Bronx, New York. April 17, 2009.

78. The Art of Urban Agriculture: The Vertical Farm. Exit Art Museum. April 20, 2009.

79. Live well – Save the Planet: the Vertical Farm. NYC Chapter, Sierra Club. April 23rd.

      Symposium: NY Transformed: Visions for a Sustainable City

80. National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., For The Greener Good. Panel

      discussion. April 29th, 2009.

81. PINC, Amsterdam, Holland. Live Well, Help Save the Planet: The Vertical Farm

      Project. May12th, 2009.

82. Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Vertical Farm:

        Saving nature, living well. March 25, 2010.

83. World Water Organization High Level Conference on Water and Global Health at the United Nations: The vertical farm: a solution to the world water crisis. April 9th 2010.

84. New York City Department of Design and Construction. The vertical farm. April 22, 2010

85. Seminario Internationale (on sustainability). The Canary Islands. The vertical farm: providing a sustainable, safe, abundant food supply. April 29, 2010.

86. TEDx Chicago. The Vertical farm 2010

87. TEDx Washington, D/C. The Vertical Farm: keystone concept for the eco-city. 2010

88. IdeaCity. Toronto, Ontario. The Vertical Farm. 2011

89. Manchester International Festival. Manchester, England. The Vertical Farm. 2011

90. University of Nottingham, England. The Vertical Farm. 2011

91. TEDx Bermuda Oct. 2011. The Vertical Farm.

92. Monterey Design Conference. Sept. 2011. The Vertical Farm

93. Rotary International UN Day. Nov. 5th, 2011. The Vertical Farm

94. TEDx Warwick College, England. The Vertical Farm: Keystone concept to the ecocity. 2013

95. TEDx Middlebury, Vermont. October, 2013

96. Urban Agricultural Summit. Linköping, Sweden. The Vertical Farm: Keystone Concept to the Ecocity. 2013

97. Commercializing the Vertical Farm concept. World Investment Conference, Strasbourg, France. October, 2013

98. Investing in Urban Agriculture: The vertical farm. World Real Estate Conference, Kitzbeuhl, Austria. November 2013.

99.  Urban agriculture. Annual meeting, Indian Institute of Architecture, Chennai, India, December, 2013

100. City Farms for City Dwellers, Bard College. March, 2014

101. The Vertical Farm. Alberta Association of Architects. May, 2014

102. The vertical farm as a research tool for agriculture schools. University of

        Nottingham, England, September, 2014.

103. TEDx Medicine. Columbia University Medical School. Parasites and Plowshares. Sept. 27, 2014

104. City Farms for City Dwellers. Fairleigh Dickinson University. April, 2014

105. Feeding the Future: Shrinking Resources, Growing Population and a Warming

        Planet. U. Florida Law School, Gainsville, Florida. April, 2014

106. City Farms for City Dwellers. Alberta Association of Architects. Banff, Alberta. April, 2014

107. City Farms for City Dwellers. Summer Public Health Scholars Program. Columbia University. June 12, 2014

108. City Farms for City Dwellers – Austria Innovation Forum, Vienna, 2014

109. City Farms for City Dwellers, Design Futures Council, Deer Valley, Utah 2014

110. Creating the eco-city, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2014

111. Armstrong State University, City Farms for City Dwellers. March 3, 2015

112. Selby Gardens Annual Donors Dinner Lecture: City Farms for City Dwellers. May 5, 2015

113. Selby Gardens Public Lecture. The Vertical Farm Concept. May 6, 2015

114. Nomura Financial Conference, Singapore. Investing in Vertical Farms. June 3, 2015

115. The Vertical Farm. Lecture to University of Copenhagen School of Business. November 14-15, 2015.

116. “Re-inventing Paris” outside expert judge by invitation from the city of Paris. January 13-17, 2016

117. Academia Film Olomouc Science film festival. April 21-24. Plenary lecturer: Creating the Ecocity

118. Plantagon Symposium on the eco-city. June 8th. Stockholm. Plenary lecture. Creating the eco-city

119. Green Tech 2016 Amsterdam Convention Center. Summary of vertical farm industry as of 2016.

120. Positive Economics, La Havre, France. Sept. 2016.

121. Indoor Ag Con, October 5, NYC. 2016


Exit Art – Urban agriculture – 2009

Cooper-Hewitt Museum – Why Design Now? May, 2010

Guggenheim Museum Forum – 2010


  1. 1978 - “Trout Stream Ecology” team-taught with Pete Jacques, Warren Prell, and Steven Tiffinger. Midland Park High school Adult Education Program.

  2. 1978 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited.

  3. 1981 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  4. 1982 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  5. 1983 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  6. 1988 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  7. “Trout Stream Ecology” annual lecture to Fly Fishing School, East Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. 1989-Present.

  8. “We All Live Downstream”. Special symposium sponsored by East Jersey Trout Unlimited. New Jersey Meadowlands Development and education Center, Carlisle, New Jersey.  Weekend of Sept. 14-16, 1991.

  9. “Non-point Source Pollution on Non-federal Lands”. Annual National Meeting of Trout Unlimited. Hershey, Pennsylvania.  1992.

10. “What lives under the rocks in the river”? Third Grade classes at The Roscoe Central School, Roscoe, New York. May 10, 1993.

11. “Why We Should Value Trout”. Two lectures for Sixth and Seventh Grade Assembly, Hillside, Queens middle School. 1993.

12. Overview of Ecology. Eighth Grade Biology Class, Hillside, Queens Middle School. 1993.

13. Trout Stream Ecology. Friends of Fishes course to gifted High School students. The American Museum of Natural History, New York. 1993.

14. Career Day. Public School 128 in Manhattan. Mr. Stewart Cohen, Sixth Grade. 1994.

15. Polar Biomes. St. Andrews Academy, Brooklyn. Ms. Sarah Anderson, Eighth Grade. 1994.

16. Alberta, the Last (?) Frontier. Central Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. 1994.

17. “Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, Central Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. March, 1995.

18. “A Celebration of Trout”, a night of music, poetry, and literature devoted to celebrating the habitat of trout.  Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University. March 15, 1995.

19. “Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, Ray Bergman Chapter Trout Unlimited. April, 1995.

20. “Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, East Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. April, 1995.

21. “What Lives Under The Rocks In The River”? - Lecture and demonstration, Grade 3, Roscoe Central School. April, 1995.

22. Arbor Day Tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3.  April 25th, 1995. 60 saplings of various hardwood trees planted.

23. Arbor Day tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 26th, 1996. 20 Norway maple trees (10’ tall) planted. 

24. Arbor Day Tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 25th, 1997. 43 hardwood trees planted.

25. Livingston Manor School, Grade 3. April 24th, 1997. “What Lives Under the Rocks in the Stream”? The Lorax reading.

26. Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 25th, 1997. “What Lives Under the Rocks in the Stream”?

27. “Trout and Trees, and Natural Combination”, Feb. 1997. Friends of the Rockaway River.

28. “Trout and Trees, a Natural Combination”. March, 1997. North Jersey Trout Unlimited.

29. “Planting trees along a river as a focal point for environmental education to grade school-aged children”.  Annual meeting of NABS in Prince Edward Island, Canada. June, 1998.

30. Annual tree planting on Roscoe and Livingston Manor school grounds. Arbor Day (April 26), 1998.

31. Arbor Day tree planting: Roscoe Central School. 28 sapling sycamore trees. Each child in the third grade took home a tree to plant near a river.

April 30, 1999.

32. Stream walk for Roscoe Central School and Livingston Manor Central School. April 29th, 1999.

33. “Stream Ecology Lecture” CFFCM, May 8th, 1999 “Where does your water come from”? 5th

         Grade, P.S. 81, Riverdale, New York, May 11, 1999.

34. “What is a watershed”? Story Telling Room, 5th and 6th Grades, Norman S. Weir School,

       Paterson, New Jersey, May 11th, 1999.

35. “Environment Day” co-sponsored by East Jersey Trout Unlimited and Ramapo College. 1999

36. Parasitology Up-date. Plaza Hotel, NYC August, 1999. Columbia-Harvard faculty. Medicine


37.What Good Is A Tree?. East Jersey TU. 2000

38. The Man Who Planted Trees. Ray Bergman Chapter, TU, 2000

39. Arbor Day 2000. Tree planting, Roscoe, NY

40. Parasitology Up-date. Plaza Hotel, NYC. August, 2000. Columbia-Harvard faculty. Medicine


41.West Nile virus. City As School. May 11, 2001

42.West Nile virus. Wingate High School. May 18, 2001

43.The Ecology of Trout Streams – May 25, 2001. Annual teachers meeting of “Trout in the

     Class Room.” New Paltz, New York

44. Angler’s Club of New York April 5, 2005. The West Is On Fire.

46. Songs of the River. The Angler’s Club of New York. February, 2007.

47. Songs of the River. Boston Anglers. March, 2007.

45. New Zealand Trout Adventure. East Jersey Trout Unlimited. September, 2007.

46. New Zealand: trout fishing adventure. Cabin Fever Day. Ramsey Outdoor Store, Paramus,

      New Jersey. February 16th, 2008.

47. Collegiate School, NYC. Vertical Farm Project. April, 2008

48. LaGuardia High School, NYC., Vertical Farm Project. May, 2008

49. Brereley School. NYC. The Vertical Farm. Feb. 2010


1.“Parasitic Diseases”. Required course to the second year medical students. Since 1971 to 2009.

2. “Ecology 101” (We All Live Downstream). Offered university-wide to all qualified graduate students. 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

3.     “Advanced Microbiology”. Required for all first year graduate students in the Department of Microbiology. 1992- 1998.

4. Environmental Sciences core course. Team-taught. Four lectures: Introduction; Water; Energy; Land Use. 1993-1998 Globalization of Infectious Diseases, 1993-present.

5. “Medical Ecology” section of first year medical school course. Three lectures: Atmosphere, ozone depletion and skin cancer; Food and Disease; Water and Disease; Cases.1996-1998.

6. Annual guest lecturer at New York University Medical School “Tissue Nematodes”. 1978-1998

7. Annual guest lecturer, Cornell University Medical School. “Trichinella spiralis” 1978-1999. 1999- “Introduction to Eukaryotic Parasites”

8. Medical Ecology. Spring, 1999 through 2010

9. Medical Ecology. Spring. 1999. Fairleigh Dickinson University

10. Topics. Cholera: Then and Now. Fall, 2000

11. Ecology for Designers. Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. 2012; 2014, 2015


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