John   A.  McDonald

Associate Professor  

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

Dr. Andrew A. McDonald





Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • D Austin, J. Andrew McDonald, and G Murguia-Sanchez. "Convolvulaceae," Flora Mesoamericana, 4, no. 2 2011: 1-109.

  • I Theilade, L Schmidt, P Chhang, and J. Andrew McDonald. "Evergreen swamp forest in Cambodia: floristic composition, ecological characteristics and conservation status," Nordic Journal of Botany 29, (2011): 71-80.



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


  • 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, and Deborah Thompson. "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)

  • J. Andrew McDonald, Lars Schmidt, Pourin Chang, and Ida Theilade. "A newly discovered evergreen swamp forest in Central Cambodia," Texas Academy of Sciences, Austin, Texas (March 2011)

  • J. Andrew McDonald and Samantha Garcia. "Distribution patterns of rare south Texas flora ," Texas Academy of Sciences, Austin, Texas (March 2011)

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BIOL 1407 01 - Gen Bio II:
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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 4202 07 - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4202 G - Biology Problems 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 4201 07 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4318 01 - Ethnobotany:
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