David Clarke, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Contact Information

  • dclarke@unca.edu
  • 232-5151
  • 326 Zeis Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note:

Before arriving at UNC Asheville, Dr Clarke served from 1995 to 1997 as the resident plant collector in Guyana for the Smithsonian Institution's Biological Diversity of the Guianas Program. From 1997 to 2000 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Smithsonian's Office of Biodiversity Programs and Laboratory of Molecular Systematics. His teaching interests include introductory botany and advanced botany courses including plant systematics, field botany, plant anatomy and morphology, economic botany, and tropical biology. His research interests focus on the biodiversity and flora of Guyana, the systematics of Acacia and other related tropical legumes, and the flora of the southern Appalachians.


  • Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • Biol 110     Plants and Humans
  • Biol 123     Principles of Biology
  • Biol 124     Principles of Biology Lab
  • Biol 179     Plants in Our World
  • Biol 211     Principles of Botany
  • Biol 298     Introduction to Research Methods
  • Biol 322     Tropical Ecosystems
  • Biol 323     Tropical Ecosystems Field Experience
  • Biol 334     Plant Morphology Evolution: and Diversity of the Plant Kingdom
  • Biol 335     Flowering Plant Systematics
  • Biol 351     Field Botany
  • Biol 356     Desert Ecology
  • Biol 398     Research Methods in Biology
  • Biol 498     Undergraduate Research in Biology

This faculty member teaches in UNC Asheville's Humanities Program.