Dale Vitt | Plant Biology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Dale H. Vitt

In SIU Plant Biology from 2000 to 2011

Dale Vitt

Office: Life Science II, Room 481

phone: 618-453-3210

email: dvitt@plant.siu.edu

Dr. Vitt's interests include ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemistry and paleoecology of peatlands, particularly as related to climatic changes. He also has a continuing interest in all aspects of research related to biosystematics and taxonomy (emphasizing bryophytes), including ecological and systematic studies of mosses in tropical, temperate and arctic areas. He is especially interested in biodiversity, habitat preferences, morphometrics and cladistic analyses of moss taxa.


  • Ph.D. 1970, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.S. 1968, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
  • B.S. 1967, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri


  • 2000-11, Chair, Plant Biology program, Southern Illinois University
  • 1992-2000, Director, Devonian Botanic Garden
  • 1980-2000, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
  • 1988-89, McCalla Professor, University of Alberta
  • 1981, Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales
  • 1981, Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota
  • 1975-80, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, University of Alberta
  • 1970-75, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, University of Alberta
  • 1970-present, Curator, Cryptogamic Herbarium, University of Alberta
  • 1971, Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Biological Station
  • 1967-69, Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan
  • 1964-66, Laboratory Assistant, Southeast Missouri State University