Yaffa Grossman


Professor of Biology


  grossman@beloit.edu   608-363-2219   Room 332, Sanger Center for the Sciences
  • Yaffa Grossman, Professor and Chair of Biology

Yaffa Grossman is professor and chair of the Beloit College Biology Department and a faculty member and former chair of the Environmental Studies program. She is a physiological plant ecologist with research interests in plant carbon allocation, growth analysis, modeling, and sustainability.

Yaffa also serves as the Director of the Career and Community Engagement Center. She supports the Center’s career development and community-based learning activities, which help students create connections among their on- and off-campus experiences and prepare for their lives after graduation. She works with the Center’s staff, the Alumni Office, and others to enhance opportunities for students to identify and explore internship, research, career, and community engagement options. Shen enjoys helping students identify and explore their interests and invites them to meet with her.

She has strong interests in interdisciplinary education and has served as co-Principal Investigator of the Pathways to Sustainability Leadership Program and Director of the Sustainability Fellows Program. She teaches Botany, Biometrics, Environmental Biology, and Ecology, and topics courses in conservation biology, environmental sustainability, physiological plant ecology, 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 in 2005.

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