John   A.  McDonald

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3114
Phone: (956) 665-2065
Email: andrew.mcdonald@utrgv.edu

Dr. Andrew A. McDonald





Selected Publications


  • J. McDonald. "Influences of Egyptian Lotus Symbolism and ritualistic Practices on Sacral Tree Worship in the Fertile Crescent from 1500 BCE to 200 CE," Basel: Religions 9, (August 2018): 1-27.

  • John Wood and J. McDonald. "Proposal to reject the name Ipomoea emetica (Convolvulaceae)," Taxon 67, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018): 210-211.

  • Kevin Keith, Rio Stamler, Jennifer Randall, Kathryn Perez, and J. Andrew McDonald. "Ipomoea gilana: A New and Endemic Morning Glory (Ipomoeeae, Convolvulaceae) in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico ," Systematic Botany 42, no. 4 (December 2017): 974-978.

  • J. Andrew McDonald "Deciphering the Symbols and Symbolic Meaning of the Maya World Tree," Ancient Mesoamerica 27, no. 2 (November 2016): 333-359.

  • Dan Austin, Andrew McDonald, "Lectotypification of Convolvulus wheleri (Convolvulaceae) ," Phytoneuron 2014-44, (2014): 1-4.

  • Dan Austin and J. McDonald. "Relationships and Taxonomy of Ipomoea variabilis (Convolvulaceae)," Phytoneuron 2014-67, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2014): 1-4.

  • Felicia Charles, Sergio Cepeda, J. Andrew McDonald, and Kristine Lowe. "Opportunistic pathogenic bacteria colonize thorns of native Rio Grande Valley plants," Subtropical Plant Science 65, (2013): 8-14.

  • J. McDonald. "Alpine Flora of Cerro Quiexobra, Oaxaca, Mexico," Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 7, no. 2 (March 2013): 765-769.

  • J. Andrew McDonald and B Stross. "Water Lily and Cosmic Serpent: equivalent channels of the Maya spirit realm," Journal of Ethnobiology 32, no. 1 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2012): 74-107.

  • J. Andrew McDonald and J Martinez. "Alpine flora of Cerro Mohinora, Chihuahua, Mexico," Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 5, no. 2 (2011): 701-705.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Megan Keniry. An Experiential Internship Program for Underrepresented Students in the Need Areas of Water for Agriculture, Food Safety and Childhood Obesity and Prevention (USDA 2016-38422-25760) , USDA, $213,722.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2020)

  • Erin Schuenzel. MRI: Acquisition of a next-generation sequencer for biological research at a Hispanic serving institute in South Texas, National Science Foundation, $158,420.00 (January 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. DBI: Major Research instrumentation: 'MRI: Aquisition of a Next-Generation Sequencery for Biological Research at a Hispanic Serving Institution in South Texas , NSF, $158,420.00 (2013 - 2015)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. Long Term Research in Biology at a Hispanic Gateway Institution, NSF-REU, $260,000.00 (2007 - 2010)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. A Biofuel Alternative in South Texas: Assessment of desirable traits of the 'Physic Bean' (Jatropha curcas), $1,800.00 ( 2008)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. Reproductive Consequences of Pollinator Mortality Rates for Native Water Lilies of South Texas, $3,860.00 ( 2007)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. Biodiversity Surveys and Conservation Plan for Prey Long, Kampong Thom, Cambodia, Global Witness, Phnom Penh, $6,000.00 ( 2004)



Selected Presentations


  • Edgar Vasquez, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and J. Andrew McDonald. "Exploring nutrient manipulation as a tool for thorn forest restoration," College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, College of Sciences UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas (March 2019)

  • Kassandra Aguilera, Anita Hernandez, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and J. Andrew McDonald. "Varying Growth Inhibition by Native South Texas Tree Species on Invasive African Grasses," 73rd Annual Meeting Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, Weslaco, TX (February 2019)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. "Environmental Revolutions in Modern Cambodia: the karst dimension," Invited Seminar, Ministry of Evnrionment, terrestrial Ecosystem Protection Section, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 2017)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. "Environmental Revolutions in Modern Cambodia: The essential role of plants in conservation practices and policies," Invited Seminar , Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, The Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 2017)

  • Megan Keniry, Michael Persans, Hudson Deyoe, Erin Schuenzel, J. Andrew McDonald, Normann Barr, Deborah Thompson, and Eduardo Martinez. "USDA H.S.I. Program at UTRGV and TAMUK Citrus Center: Experiential Learning Program at Two Hispanic Serving Institutions on Water for Agriculture, Food Safety and Childhood Obesity & Prevention," USDA P.I. Meeting, USDA, Albuquerque (February 2017)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. "Reassessing the Botanical Identity of the Supposed ‘Maize God’ (God E) in Maya Iconography," Joint Annual Meetings: Society of Ethnobiology and Society of Economic Botany, Cherokee, North Carolina (May 2014)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. "Deciphering the Symbols and Symbolic Meaning of the Maya World Tree," Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology, Denton, Texas (May 2013)

  • J. Andrew McDonald. "Water Lily and Cosmic Serpent: equivalent channels of the Maya spirit realm," Annual Meeting of the Society of Economic Botany, Xalapa, Veracruz (June 2012)

  • Hudson Deyoe, J. Andrew McDonald, Robert Edwards, Timothy Brush, Frank Judd, Frederic Zaidan, B Fredensborg, and D Hicks. "Invasive species of the Rio Grande Valley: an Overview," Center for Subtropical Studies First Conference in Subtropical Biology, (January 2012)

  • J. Andrew McDonald and Patricia Feria. "Plant Distribution Patterns and the Classification of South Texas plant Communities," UTPA, Edinburg, Texas (January 2012)

Current Courses

BIOL 4414 A - Plant Taxonomy:
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BIOL 3408 A - Plant Morphology:
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BIOL 3408 01 - Plant Morphology:
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BIOL 3408 B - Plant Morphology:
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BIOL 4414 B - Plant Taxonomy:
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BIOL 1407 01 - Gen Bio II:
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BIOL 4201 G - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4414 01 - Plant Taxonomy:
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BIOL 4202 I - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4201 07 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4202 09 - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4318 01 - Ethnobotany:
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