Renée Van Buren, Professor
Department of Biology
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT 84085-5999
801-863-8479 (phone) 801-863-8064 (fax)
Ph.D. 1994. Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. Major: Botany.
Dissertation: A Morphological, ecological, and molecular comparison of the Autumn Buttercup to close congeners. Advisor: D. W. Clark.
M.S. 1991. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Major: Botany.
Thesis: Electrophoretic and HPLC amino acid analysis of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) seed proteins. Advisor: D. J. Fairbanks.
B.S. 1981. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Major: Botany.
Emphasis: Teaching Composite. Certified Utah Secondary Education.
A.S. 1976. Ricks College, Rexburg, ID. Major: Botany
Professor: Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. 7/05-present.
Teaching assignments: Wildland Shrubs (BOT 4300); Introduction to Grasses (BOT 4500); Utah Flora (BOT 2100); Field Botany (BOT 2050); Honor’s Biology (BIOL 101H); Ecology (BIOL 3700); Majors Biology (BIOL 2130); Conservation Biology (BIOL 3800); Environmental Biology (BIOL 2500); Non-majors Biology (BIOL 1010); Senior Seminar (BIOL 494R).
Associate Professor: Department of Biology, Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT 7/02-7/05.
Assistant Professor: Department of Biology, Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT. 9/95-6/02.
Research Associate/Part-time Faculty: Department of Botany and Range Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 4/93-97; endangered plant species biology. Supervisor Dr. K. T. Harper. Supported by various federal agency contracts. Adjunct faculty 1997-present.
Adjunct Faculty: Science Department. 1/95-4/95. Biology 101. Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT. 1/91-4/91.
Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Botany and Range Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 9/90-3/93; endangered plant species biology (contracts with Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service). Supervisor-Dr. K. T. Harper. 9/89-12/89; Quinoa seed protein analysis. Supervisor-Dr. D. J. Fairbanks.
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Department of Botany and Range Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Plant Classification Lab, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology Lab, Honors Biology, Biology 100, Plant Physiology Lab
Assistant Research Botanist: Research and Development, Nature’s Sunshine Products, Spanish Fork, UT, 2/88-9/89. Botanical monographs and chemical assay development.
Biology Teacher: Timpview High School, Provo, UT, 8/83-6/87. General Biology and Advanced Placement Biology. Dixon Middle School, Provo, UT, 8/82-6/83. Eighth grade life science. Indian Hills Middle School, Draper, UT, 8/81-6/82. Sixth grade life science and seventh grade physical science.
Administrative positions and assignments:
Director: Capitol Reef Field Station, Utah Valley University. 2008-2012
Department Chair: Department of Biology, Utah Valley University. 01/03-5/05
Director: Kimball T. Harper Botany Endowment, UVU. 2000-present
Advisor: UVU Botany Club. 1995-present
Associate Director: Pope Southwest Desert Institute, Utah Valley Universtiy. 2000-2002
Research emphasis: Rare plant biology. Conservation Biology. Woody plants of Utah.
Honors, awards and memberships
Sabbatical, Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, 2013
UVU Distinguished Faculty Award 2009, Utah Valley University Foundation
Best of State, State of Utah, Environmental Category, 2007
Sabbatical, Department of Biology, Utah Valley University 2007-08
The 2004 Conservation Partnership Award, The Nature Conservancy, 2004
Educator of the Year, Wolverine Achievement Award, UVSC 2002-2003
Excellence in Service Award, UVSC Service Learning. 1999-2000
Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, Wolverine Achievement Award, UVSC 1999-2000
State of Utah Campus Compact Service Recognition Award Recipient: Spring 2000
NISOD Excellence Award: National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, 1999
Teacher of the Year Recipient: Utah Valley State College; 1997-98
Teacher of the Semester Recipient: Athletic Dept and Student Athletes, UVSC; Spring 1997
Botany Tuition Award: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 1992-93; 1993-94
College Tuition Award: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 1991.
Athletic Scholarship-Volleyball: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 1976.
Carolyn Chipman Award for Excellence in Academic and Athletics: Provo High School, Provo, UT 1974.
Member: Botanical Society of America; Utah Native Plant Society, Society for Conservation Biology.
University: 2014Senior Vice President Search Committee
2003-2010 Master Planning Committee
1999-2000 Dean Search Committee
1998-1999 Co-chair “Build the Legacy”: Faculty and Staff Campaign
1997-2008 Calendar Committee
1997-2007 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Representative
1996-2003 Service Learning Committee
College: 2003-2006 Scholarly Activities Committee
1996-2004 Development Committee
Department: 1996-present Various Faculty Search Committees
1996-present Planning Committee
1996-present Curriculum Committee
Faculty Senator, UVSC: 1999-2002
Board of Trustees: The Nature Conservancy, Utah Chapter. 2005-2007.
Van Buren, R., J. C. Cooper, L. Shultz, and K. T. Harper. 2011. Woody Plants of Utah: A Field Guide to native shrubs, cacti, vines and trees. p.513 Utah State University Press.
Breinholt, J. W., R. Van Buren, O. R. Kopp, and C. L. Stephen. 2009. Population genetic structure of an endangered Utah endemic Astragalus ampullarioides (Fabaceae) (Welsh) Welsh. American Journal of Botany 96(3): 1-7.
Harper, K.T. and R. Van Buren. 2004. Dynamics of a Dwarf Bear-Poppy (Arctomecon humilis) Population over a Sixteen-year Period. Western North American Naturalist 64(4): 482-491.
Van Buren, R., K. T. Harper. 2003. Demographic and Environmental relations of two rare Astragalus species endemic to Washington Co., UT: Astragalus ampullarioides and A. holmgreniorum. Western North American Naturalist 63(2): 236-243.
Tolman, J., R. Van Buren, K.T. Harper. 2003. Genetic analysis of the rare species, Salix arizonica (Salicaceae), and associated willows in Arizona and Utah. Western North American Naturalist 63(3): 273-282.
K.T. Harper, R. Van Buren, Z.T. Aanderud. 2001. The influence of interplant distance and flower number on seed set in Arctomecon humilis Cov. (Papaveraceae). In: Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plants: Proceedings of the Third Conference, Sept. 2000, Flagstaff, AZ.
W. Rosler, J.G. Cooper, R. Van Buren, K.T. Harper. 2001. Plant Diversity at Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area, Garfield Co., UT. In: Proceedings by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ogden, UT. Provo, UT. 2000.
McArthur, E. D., R. Van Buren, S. Sanderson, K.T. Harper. 1998. Insight on the Contribution of RAPD to the Taxonomy of Sphaeromeria, Artemisia, and Tanacetum (Compositae, Anthemideae).Great Basin Naturalist 58(1): 1-11.
McArthur, E.D, J. Mudge, R. Van Buren, S. Sanderson, B. Babbel. 1998. RAPD Analysis of Artemisia subgenus Tridentate species and hybrids. Great Basin Naturalist 58(1): 12 27.
Van Buren, R. and K. T. Harper. 1996. Habitats of selected buttercups within the Ranunculus occidentalis complex (Ranunculaceae). Madroño 43(3): 369-383.
Van Buren, R. and K. T. Harper. 1996. Genetic variation in Arctomecon (Papaveraceae) Proceedings: Second Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference Flagstaff, AZ. Rocky Mountain Forest & Range Experimental Station.
Harper K. T., R. Van Buren, and S. G. Kitchen. 1996. Invasion of alien annuals and ecological consequences in salt desert shrublands of western Utah. In: Barrow, Jerry R.; McArthur, E. Durant: Sosebee, Ronald E.; Tausch, Robin J., comps. Proceedings: symposium on shrubland ecosystem dynamics in a changing climate; 1995 May 23-25; Las Cruces, NM. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station.
Harper K. T., R. Van Buren, B. Douglas, and V. Armstrong. 1995. Quantifying the persistence of individual populations of rare plants in southwestern Utah. Proceedings: Second Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference Flagstaff, AZ. Published by the Rocky Mountain Forest & Range Experimental Station.
Van Buren, R., K. T. Harper, W. R. Andersen, D. J. Stanton, S. Seyoum, J. L. England. 1994. Evaluating the relationship of autumn buttercup (Ranunculus acriformis var. aestivalis) to some close congeners using random amplified polymorphic DNA. American Journal of Botany 81(4): 514-519.
Reviews, posters, presentations, and abstracts.
Summers, J. and R. Van Buren. 2012-NCUR. Poster presentation, Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Alvarado, N and R. Van Buren. 2012-NCUR. Poster presentation, Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Searle, A., W. Yates, R. Van Buren. 2008 -UCUR. Poster presentation, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
Brailsford D., R. Van Buren. 2008 -UCUR. Poster presentation, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
K.T. Harper and R. Van Buren. 2004. Leaders of “Vegetation of the Uinta Mountains” Fieldtrip, Botany 2004, National Conference, Snowbird, Utah, August, 2004.
Van Buren, R. and K.T. Harper. 2000. Presentation. Status Report for two endemic and rare species of Astragalus (A. holmgreniorum and A. ampullarioides). Third Southwestern rare and endangered plant conference Flagstaff, AZ, Sept. 25-28, 2000.
Van Buren, R. and V. Armstrong. 1998. Presentation. Status of Two Endemic Astragalus of Southern Utah. Red Butte Native Plant Conference. Midway Utah. 19-21 Nov. 1998.
Van Buren, R. and K. H. Hart. 1996. Book review: Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province. Great Basin Naturalist.
Van Buren, R. and K. T. Harper. 1995. Presentation. Genetic variation in Arctomecon (Papaveraceae). Second Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference Flagstaff, AZ, Sept. 1995.
Van Buren, R. and K. T. Harper. 1995. Poster. Genetic Variation among populations of Arctomecon (Papaveraceae). AIBS, San Diego, CA. August.
Harper K. T. and R. Van Buren. 1994. Poster. Relationships of selected taxa within the genus Erigeron as determined by RAPD analysis. AIBS, Knoxville TN.
Harper K. T. and R. Van Buren. 1994. Presentation. Conditions under which soil cyanobacteria and cyanolichens enhance availability of essential elements to associated seed plants. AIBS, Knoxville, TN.
Van Buren, R., K. T. Harper, W. R. Andersen, J. L. England. 1992. Poster. Evaluating the relationship of autumn buttercup to some close congeners using random amplified polymorphic DNA. V International Symposium, International Organization of Plant Biosystematists. June 11-15, 1992, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Van Buren, R., D. J. Fairbanks, L. R. Robison, and K. W. Burgerner. 1990. Abstract. Electrophoretic and amino acid analysis of quinoa seed proteins. Agron. Abs.
Burgerner, K. W., L. R. Robison, D. J. Fairbanks, and R. Van Buren. 1990. Abstract. An evaluation of quinoa seed accessions for mineral, protein, and amino acid content. Agron. Abs.
Proposal and manuscript peer reviews:
Shultz B. et al. 2003. Manuscript review: Evaluating the Geographic Distribution of Herbarium Collections in Utah from the Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Utah. Western North American Naturalist.
Williams F. and R. Johnson. 2003. Proposal evaluation. Germination Studies of Native Plants for Overcoming Seed Dormancy and Germination Barriers. Submitted to BYU-FMC Agriculture Research and Education Fund.
Megan Covert. 2012-present. "Trend studies in vegetation near Capitol Reef Field Station". In progress. Committee chair.
Jennifer Summers 2012. "Vegetation studies at Capitol Reef Field Station". Committee chair.
Nicholas Alvarado. 2012. "Vegetation studies at Capitol Reef Field Station". Committee chair.
Dan Cloward 2008. “Reintroduction of Ranunculus aestivalis at the TNC Panguitch preserve”. Committee chair.
Jason W. Breinholt 2007. “Population genetic structure of an endangered Utah endemic Astragalus ampullarioides (Fabaceae) (Welsh) Welsh”. Committee member.
Wendy Yates 2006. Seed bank studies of Astragalus holmgreniorum. Committee chair
Allison Bench 2005. Soil seed bank of Astragalus ampullarioides, a Rare Endemic of Southern Utah. Committee chair.
Josh Simpson 2004. “The Effects of Native and Exotic Competitors on Growth and Survival of Seedlings of Astragalus holmgreniorum.” Committee chair.
Michael Kern. “Reintroduction of the Gray Wolf to Yellowstone National Park: The Effects the Gray Wolves have on the Ecosystem”. Committee member.
Donna Barnes 2002. “A Vegetative Survey of a Sphagnum lake in a Sub-alpine Forest of the Southeastern Uinta Mountains.” Committee member.
Thomas Will Vogan 2002. “The Ecological Impact of the Military”. Committee member
Rachel Harper 2002. “Hydrology of the UVSC Wetland.” Committee member.
Joy Clancy 2002. “Funding Opportunities for Utah Valley State College Wetlands Restoration Program”. Committee chair.
Graduate Student committees-non UVU:
2013. Joshua Simpson-PhD student, City University of New York, Lehman College, and New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York. Committee member.
2009. Allyson Searle-M.S. student. Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Committee member (non-voting).