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Northwest Missouri State University

Karen Schaffer

Karen Schaffer



2663 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1991

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D Botany; University of Iowa
  • M.S. Botany; University of Iowa
  • B.S. Biology; Easter Kentucky University

Courses Taught

  • General Botany
  • General Biology
  • Local Flora
  • Plant Anatomy & Morphology
  • Principles of Taxonomy & Evolution
  • Problems in Biological Education

Academic Interests

  • Plant Biology (All aspects)

Scholarly Activity

Current Undergraduate Research Projects

  • The Characterization of Equistem hymale as a hper-accumulator of selected elements
  • Cultivation and Growth of Thallose Liverworts

Current Graduate Research

  • The Effects of B-17 Estradiol on the Growth and Germination of corn

Student Group Advisement

  • Major Advisor for Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

Other Professional Experiences

  • American Association for the Advacement of Science (AAAS)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • World Wildlife Foundation


  • Gardening for Birds and Butterflies