DAVID M. SPOONER
BOTANIST, USDA, Agricultural Research Service; Vegetable Crops Research Unit
PROFESSOR, Department of Horticulture; 1575 Linden Drive, Rm. 280
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI 53706
1-608-890-0309 office; 1-608-262-0159 laboratory; 1-608-262-4743 FAX
Institution, Degree, Department, Major Professor, Dates Attended
Miami University (Ohio), BA, Botany, –, 1967-1971
Univ. Maryland (courses taken while in the U.S. Army), –, Botany, –, 1972-1974
Ohio University, MS, Botany, R.M. Lloyd, 1974-1976
Ohio State University, Ph.D., Botany, T.F. Stuessy, 1982-1987
Research Botanist, USDA, ARS; Professor (promoted 1992), Department of Horticulture
American Journal of Botany
American Journal of Potato Research
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution
* Sigma Xi grant to study and collect Simsia in Mexico, 1982. $200.
* National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant BSR-831286 (Dr. Tod F. Stuessy, principal investigator), for systematic studies of Simsia (Compositae, Heliantheae), 1982-84. $4,539.
* American Society of Plant Taxonomists Herbarium Travel Award, 1985, to study Simsia and related genera at The Gray Herbarium, Harvard University; The New York Botanical Garden; and The U.S. National Herbarium, 1985. $500.
* The Ohio State University Alumni Research Award for fieldwork to collect Simsia in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama, 1986. $1,000.
* Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Natural Areas Research Grant to study peripherally distributed populations of Heuchera parviflora and H. villosa in southern Ohio, 1986-1987. $380.
* University of Wisconsin-Madison grant for a graduate student for 1988-1990. $25,000.
* Fifteen grants from the USDA Plant Genetic Resources System for germplasm expeditions of 6-10 weeks each year for potato, and three eweeks each year for carrot. Potato – (1988, Mexico; 1989, Chile; 1990, Argentina and Chile; 1991, Ecuador; 1992, Colombia and Venezuela; 1993, Bolivia; 1994, Bolivia; 1995, Guatemala; 1996, Costa Rica; 1997, Mexico; 1998, Peru, 1998; Peru, 1999, Honduras and Panama, 2000). Carrot (Morocco, 2012, 2013, Spain, 2016). Total funds, $229,550.
* Two grants from the United States Germplasm System to hire an individual to work at the NRSP-6 to upgrade the herbarium, 1991-1993. $36,400.
* University of Wisconsin-Madison Tinker Foundation grant to work with an Argentinean researcher in 1991. $2,000.
* University of Wisconsin-Madison grant to support attendance and presentation of research at one national meeting in 1992. $500.
* USDA, Office of Intentional Cooperation and Development grant to work with an Argentinean researcher in 1992. $2,500.
* Two grants from the International Board of Plant Genetic Resources to collaborate on international collecting expeditions in Ecuador and Colombia in 1992. $14,000.
* University of Wisconsin-Madison grant to support attendance and presentation of research at an international meeting in Argentina in 1994. $1,500.
* The Asia Foundation, grant to work with individuals from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal) and the Nepal Plant Genetic Resources Program on placing priorities on collection of plant genetic resources collections in Nepal. 1995. $6,000.
* International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Vavilov Fellowship Program, to host at incumbent’s laboratory for three months Maria Luisa Ugarte, Head of the Bolivian National Plant Genetic Resources Program. 1995. $8,400.
* National Research Initiative Competitive Grants, Plant Genome Program, “Molecular Characterization of the Solanum brevicaule complex,” 1994-1996. $110,000.
* University of Wisconsin-Madison grant for a graduate student for 1996-1997. $16,000.
* USDA, Plant Genetic Resources System, grant for a Master’s Degree student directed by the incumbent to collect cultivated potatoes in Bolivia and Chile. $3,000.
* University of Wisconsin Tinker Foundation, grant for a Master’s Degree directed by the incumbent to collect potatoes in Bolivia and Chile, 1997, 1998. $1,000.
* USDA, Plant Genetic Resources System, training grant for a Peruvian student in the incumbent’s laboratory as a follow-up to germplasm collecting in Peru. $5,000.
* USDA, grant to work with individuals from the Mexican National Potato Program (34) and Peru (35) to increase wild potato collections made in Mexico in 1997 and Peru in 1998. $8,300.
* Wisconsin Vegetable Growers, grant to study the species boundaries of the Solanum series Longipedicellata complex, 1999. $6,000.
* International Potato Center, grant to initiate studies on comparative genetic mapping and late blight QTL mapping in Solanum series Piurana, 1999. $14,000.
* USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, grant to work with the International Potato Center on morphological characterization of the Solanum brevicaule complex and cultivated potato species, 1998-2001. $27,900.
* Office of Economic Cooperation and Development, France, grant for herbarium work at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens (Mexico, Central America monograph development, under review). $5,000.
* USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program: Late blight mapping of Solanum ser. Piurana clade, in collaboration with Meredith Bonierbale, International Potato Center, 2000-2003. $220,000.
* USDA Crop Germplasm Evaluation Grants, to summarize plant disease resistance and other useful agronomic evaluation literature for potato Plant Introductions, 2002-2003. $15,000.
* National Science Foundation, Plant Biotic Inventories, co-PI with three others (Lynn Bohs, University of Utah; Sandra Knapp, Natural History Museum, London; Michael Nee, New York Botanical Garden) to write a book entitled “A world-wide treatment of Solanum,” for five years [2004-2008, with a one year extension to December 31, 2009] to fund 3 doctoral students and national and international herbarium travel. $4,360,008 total grant, funds to Spooner $944,841.
* U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Agriculture, Freedom Support Act (FSA), International Science and Technology Center Grant. Co-PI with Russian scientists Nina Mironenko, All Russian Institute of Plant Protection, St Petersburg, Russia, and Tatjana Gavrilenko, N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Industry, St. Petersburg, Russia; and with US Scientist Jiming Jiang, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Genome evolution and potato taxonomy studied by in situ hybridization and characterization of the Russian National Collection of Cultivated Potato Species by microsatellites and morphology. 2006-2009. Russian funds: $300,000; US funds $40,000.
* USDA National Research Initiative, Plant Genome Program, funds for organization and travel awards for the 2006 Solanaceae Conference. $15,000.
* Fulbright Senior Specialists Award to teach and conduct research in Argentina, six weeks, 2007, $5000.
* USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Scientific Exchange visit on potato production constraints with the 1) Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, 2) Huazhong Agricultural University, 3) Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. (with Shelley Jansky, USDA ARS; A.J. Bussan, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison). 2007. $9,345.
* USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, COSII-based mapping and diversity in the Solanaceae, in collaboration with Meredith Bonierbale, International Potato Center, Cecile Ané, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lucas Mueller, Cornell University, 2009-2010. $400,000.
* U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Agriculture, Freedom Support Act (FSA), International Science and Technology Center Grant. Two year extension of the grant above from 2009-2010. Russian funds: $150,000; US funds $27,500.
* U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Agriculture, Freedom Support Act (FSA), International Science and Technology Center Grant. Two year of the grant above from 2011-2013. Russian funds: $200,000; US funds $27,500.
* USDA Crop Germplasm Evaluation Grants, to study morphological boundaries of Daucus and outgroups at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames Iowa, 2011. $14,000.
* AFRI grant, Julie Dawson PI, David Spooner and two others. Strategies to identify and introgress production and quality traits from genetic resources to elite carrot cultivars for the US and global market”, $490,000, 2017-2020.
*USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, Phillipp Simon PI, David Spooner and 11 others co-PIs. Identifying phenotypes, markers, and genes in carrot germplasm to deliver improved carrots to growers and consumers. 3.7 Million, 2016-2020.
- Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1990 Annual Meeting, Society for Economic Botany.
- Vice-Chair, Secretary, Chair, NCR-84 Potato Genetics Committee, 1990-1992; and 2003-2006.
- Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, Potato Association of America, Breeding and Genetics Section, 1992-1994.
- Member, Potato Crop Germplasm Committee (CGC), 1995-present.
- Symposium organizer, Ethnobotany of the Solanaceae, Botanical Society of America Meetings, Madison, Wisconsin, 2002.
- Chair, Economic Botany Section, Botanical Society of America, 2002-2008.
- Symposium organizer, Transgenic Crops: Science, Policy, Politics, Botanical Society of America Meetings, Mobile, Alabama, 2003.
- Secretary and Executive Committee Member, Botanical Society of America, 2003-2006.
- Program Organizer and Executive Committee Member, Botanical Society of America, 2008-2013.
- Chair, International Organizing Committee and Local organizer 90th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America & VI International Solanaceae Congress, July 2006
Collecting expeditions for potato (1984-2000) then for carrot (2009-2016)
1986, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
1990, Argentina and Chile
1992, Colombia and Venezuela
1996, Costa Rica
2000, Honduras and Panama
2001-2010, one month/year (work as scientific collaborator at the International Potato Center, Lima, Peru)
2009, three weeks in Tunisia
2010, three weeks in western USA
2012, three weeks in Morocco
2013, three weeks in Morocco
2016, six weeks in Spain