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Mike Farris
(651) 523-2294
St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Science Center > DSC 204

Mike Farris


Contact Info

Mike Farris
(651) 523-2294
St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Science Center > DSC 204


Mike Farris is an Professor of Biology in Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts, and teaches courses in ecology, evolution, plant and animal physiology, and plant biology.  He holds a BS in Botany from Miami University, an MS in Botany from Ohio State University, and a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Colorado.

Teaching Style

Professor Farris started off looking at how physiological differences among plants led to different reproductive outputs. More recently he has written on the effects of high altitude on human performance.

"I'm interested in how differences among organisms translate into differences in success, and I'm especially interested in taking a holistic approach to answering these questions."

-Mike Farris

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Farris, M. 2008. The Altitude Experience: Successful Trekking and Climbing Above 8000 Feet. Falcon Guides, Guilford, CT. 310 pp.
Isaakson, R., S.J. Balogh, and M.A. Farris. 2007. Phytoremediation of Mercury by Lemna minor. International Journal of Environmental Studies 64(2):189-194.
Farris, M. 2000. Rock Climbing: Minnesota and Wisconsin. Falcon Publishing, Helena, MT.
Farris, M.A. 1998. The effects of rock climbing on the vegetation of three Minnesota cliff systems. Can. J. Bot. 76:1981-1990.
Farris, M.A. and M.J. Lechowicz. 1990. Functional interactions among traits that determine reproductive success in a native annual plant. Ecology 71:548-557.
Farris, M.A. 1988. Quantitative genetic variation and natural selection in Cleome serrulata growing along a mild soil moisture gradient. Can. J. Bot. 66:1870-1876.
Farris, M.A. 1987. Natural selection on the plant-water relations of Cleome serrulata growing along natural soil moisture gradients. Oecologia 72:434-439.
Louda, S., M.A. Farris, and M.J. Blua. 1987. Variation in methylglucosinolate and insect damage to Cleome serrulata along a natural soil moisture gradient. J. Chem. Ecol. 13:569-581.
Farris, M.A. and J.B. Mitton. 1985. Reproductive consequences of a cone color dimorphism in white fir.Amer. J. Bot. 72:1719-1725.
Farris, M.A. and J.B. Mitton. 1984. Population density, outcrossing rate, and heterozygote superiority in ponderosa pine. Evolution 38:1151-1154.
Farris, M.A. and B.A. Schaal. 1983. Morphological and genetic variation in ecologically central and marginal populations of Rumex acetosella L. (Polygonaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 70:246-255.