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Yaffa L. Grossman

Professor of Biology, Associate Dean and Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center
Offices: Sanger Science Center 332 and Liberal Arts in Practice CenterPhone: 608 363-2219

Yaffa Grossman is a professor in and former chair of the Beloit College Biology Department, Associate Dean of the College, and Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center. She is also a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program. 

Professor Grossman is a physiological plant ecologist with research interests in plant carbon allocation, growth analysis, modeling, sustainability, and restoration ecology in the urban context. She has strong interests in interdisciplinary education and has chaired the Environmental Studies program at Beloit. She teaches Botany, Biometrics, Environmental Biology, and Ecology, and topics courses in physiological plant ecology, conservation biology, environmental sustainability, and environment and society.  She enjoys working with students in the classroom and on research and applied projects. She received the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded by Alliant Corporation, April 2005.


  • A.B., Mathematics, Amherst College, 1978
  • M.S., Botany, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981
  • Ph.D., Botany, University of California, Davis, 1993

Positions held

  • Research Assistant, Public Affairs Office, Ecological Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1987-1989
  • Post Graduate Researcher, Department of Pomology and Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, 1993-1996   
  • Lecturer, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, 1996
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Beloit College, Beloit WI, 1996 - 2002
  • Associate Professor, Biology Department, Beloit College, Beloit WI, 2002-2008    
  • Visiting Fellow, Enhancing International Science Networks Program, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, Australia, Oct. 2002              
  • McMaster Fellow, CSIRO-Plant Industry, Darwin, Australia, Oct.-Dec. 2002    
  • Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Beloit College, Beloit WI, 2003-2009         
  • Chair, Department of Biology, Beloit College, Beloit WI, 2007-2009, 2011-2015        
  • Professor, Biology Department, Beloit College, Beloit WI, 2008-Present     
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, WI, 2009-2011
  • Director, Sustainability Fellows Program, Beloit College, 2010-Present
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Pathways to Sustainability Leadership, 2014-2017
  • Associate Dean and Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center, Beloit College, 2015-2016, 2017-Present


  • BIOL 121. Botany
  • BIOL 247. Biometrics
  • BIOL 372. Ecology
  • BIOL 387. Biology Capstone: Senior Manuscript
  • BIOL 291. Conservation Biology
  • ENVS 380. Senior Colloquium in Environmental Studies
  • FS 100. Environmental Sustainability