Dr. Donald H. Pfister (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) is the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptographic Botany. His research centers on the biology and systematics of fungi, particularly members of the fungus classes Pezizomycetes and Leotiomycetes, both belonging to ascomycete groups. Using molecular, life history and morphological methods he strives to understand relationships within these groups and to uncover their diversity. In addition, he studies the history of collections and collectors.

He has served as the Dean of Harvard College and Dean of the Harvard Summer School. He served as the Master of Kirkland House (one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate residential houses) from 1982 to 2000. He completed his PhD at Cornell University

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