Christopher Neefus, Herbarium Director

Christopher D. Neefus

Director, Hodgdon Herbarium
Professor of Plant Biology
Chairman, UNH Department of Biological Sciences



Chris Neefus received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University in 1971. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Research Associate in the Harold E. Edgerton Research Lab of the New England Aquarium until 1976. He completed a PhD in Botany at the University of New Hampshire in 1983. He led biological research expeditions to Honduras and the Cayman Islands as Chief Scientist and Instructor for the School for Field Studies. In 1985 and 1986 he became the Director of the School for Field Studies, Tropical Marine Ecology and Management Semester Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Until 1998, Chris worked at the University of New Hampshire, Office of Biometrics, as the college consultant and instructor in biostatistics, research design and computing.  In 1998, he was appointed Associate Professor in the UNH Department of Plant Biology and in 2008 was promoted to Professor of Plant Biology. He has served as Chair of Plant Biology (2006), Interim Associate Dean of Agriculture, Interim Associate Director of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (2007), and is currently Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Hodgdon Herbarium.

At UNH, Chris has taught courses in Computational Methods in Natural Resource Research, Computer Applications in Agriculture, Applied Biostatistics, and Seaweeds, Plankton and Seagrasses (at the Shoals Marine Lab). As part of his faculty appointment, Chris is the research design and biostatistics consultant for the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. He has worked with other faculty, staff and graduate students on wide variety of research projects in agricultural, ecology, nutrition, and other areas.  Chris’s current research includes sustainable integrated aquaculture, the distribution and impact of invasive species, and the taxonomy and biogeography of marine algae, especially the red seaweed order Bangiales and the genus Porphyra, which includes economically important species that are the basis of a $1.2 billion dollar “Nori” aquaculture industry.


B.A. Biology, Boston University, 1971
Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire, 1983

Area of Interest:

Systematics of Bangiales, Taxonomy of Porphyra, Molecular Systematics, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture

Courses Currently Taught:

Applied Biostatistics II (BIOL711/811)