Dr. Vince Gutschick (Trustee)


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Biographical Information

Dr. Gutschick has had a lifelong career in academia, including positions in scientific research at a number of universities, a combined teaching & research position for 22 years at New Mexico State University (NMSU), and a variety of visiting appointments in the US, Germany, Australia, and France.  He retired from NMSU this month to develop a company for consulting on global change issues that he founded with his wife, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, the director of the Las Cruces Academy.


In the course of his career, Dr. Gutschick has taught at the university and adult education levels (courses in biology, ecology, plant physiology, botany, biophysics, computer modeling, mathematical biology, instrumentation, and photography).  In his laboratory, he has mentored a high-school student, 17 undergraduate students, and 22 graduate students (M.S. and Ph. D.) from the US and 6 other nations.  He frequently does lectures and demonstrations for elementary schools, high schools, and the general public and has participated in NASA’s Fly High program.  His administrative experience covers that of federal and regional research grants that he was awarded, as well as a year of running a $25M cluster of grant-awarding programs at the National Science Foundation and 3 years as director of a 6-university consortium in New Mexico.  A source of enrichment of his career, courses, and outreach work has been extensive travel to 35 nations on 6 continents for research, professional writing, and tourism; similarly, he pursues photography, electronics, and several sports, and he enjoys learning about cultures and languages; he speaks French.  He credits many wonderful teachers, from 4th-grade geography through graduate school, for his career and rewarding lifestyle.


His full curriculum vitae is at the Website of his consulting company, Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc.  Another version is available at his NMSU Website, http://biology-web.nmsu.edu/vince.


Current position:

  • Professor emeritus, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University.  Still active in research, in outreach programs, and as Ph. D. advisor for 3 graduate students.
  • Director, Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc., Las Cruces, NM – start-up firm; Web site, http://gcconsortium.com, is near its full development.
  • Treasurer and trustee, Las Cruces Academy, school for underserved gifted children, Las Cruces, NM, newly founded; to open August, 2008.


Career summary:

  • University of Notre Dame, B. S., chemistry, 1966
  • California Institute of Technology, Ph. D., chemistry / chemical physics, 1971
  • Postdoctoral work and instructorships at University of California, Berkeley; Yale University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1971-1977
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: consultant, 1977-1978; staff member, 1978-1985
  • New Mexico State University: associate professor, 1985-1991; professor, 1991-2007
  • Visiting appointments at: Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 1989; CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 1991; LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1991; Carnegie Institution, Stanford, CA, 1992; Australian National University, Canberra, 1994, 1995, 1996; INRA, Montpellier, France, 1999-2000
  • Program officer, National Science Foundation, 1992-1993
  • Held scientific research grants from the US Dept. of Energy, US Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Science Foundation
  • Reviewer over the years for 28 scientific journals and 5 federal agencies
  • Author and co-author of 77 articles and book chapters in 30 different scientific journals in ecology, agriculture, physiology, physics, and chemistry; 9 scientific reports; 1 book; 1 film; holder of a patent on instrumentation
  • Presented over 100 seminars and oral and poster presentations at universities, research institutions, and professional meetings in the US and 7 other nations


Examples of recent presentations to elementary-school students and the general public:

  • Presentation, The low-carbon, energy-efficient world: opportunities blooming for us in the US, at national teach-in day on global warming, Focus the Nation, New Mexico State University, 31 January 2008
  • Demonstration on plant ecology (heat tolerance by desert plants), 55 students from Sierra Middle School, Las Cruces, NM, 24 January 2008
  • Essays in the New Mexico Climate Newsletter, including, How much CO2 have humans added to the atmosphere?, Spring, 2007, and What does it take to be a desert plant?, Fall, 2007.
  • Evening lecture, The incredible (and almost inedible) creosotebush, Larrea tridentata, at the Las Cruces Natural History Museum, 27 March 2006