Michael J. Farabee

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Biology Faculty
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Michael.Farabee

Education 
B.S. Biology
Arizona State University
M.S. Botany
Arizona State University
Ph. D. Botany & Geology
University of Oklahoma
Postdoctoral Fellow Byrd Polar Research Institute
The Ohio State University
Biography 

Michael J. Farabee was born in Columbus OH, raised in Arizona , and currently serves as a Residential Faculty Member at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale ,Arizona . After completing his high school education at Phoenix Central High, Dr. Farabee attended Arizona State University , earning a B.S. in Biology in May 1978. Following a stint as a piece-work silversmith, Mike returned to ASU where he worked on palynology of the late Cretaceous of Wyoming with the late Professor James E. Canright , earning his M.S. in Botany in May 1983. He then moved to Norman ,Oklahoma and began working on his doctorate with Professor John J. Skvarla. While at the University of Oklahoma, Mike realized the need for a broader knowledge base and pursued an Interdisciplinary Ph. D. degree, awarded in May, 1988 in Botany & Geology for his dissertation work on the fossil pollen group Triprojectacites. His next position was as a post-doctoral researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center and Department of Botany with Professors Edith and Thomas N. Taylor at The Ohio State University (1987-88), where he studied the Permian-Triassic palynology of Antarctica.


Desiring a new challenge Dr. Farabee was hired at Gordon College (GA) to develop a new program in geology. He served with distinction there from 1988-1991. He has also held positions as  Visiting Assistant Curator for Palynology (Oklahoma Museum of Natural  History, summer 1990), as well as a short-term summer post with  DeKalb College (GA, summer 1991). In September 1991 Mike returned to the Phoenix area as the founding science faculty member of Estrella Mountain Community College .


Dr. Farabee has received three teaching awards: the Jasper P. Baldwin Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (University of Oklahoma 1983-1987, in 1987), Outstanding Faculty ( Estrella Mountain Community College Center, 1993), and NSIOD Faculty Electeee (2001). In addition to research on Cretaceous-Tertiary and Permian-Triassic palynology , Dr. Farabee has served as Assistant Editor and later Journal Editor for PALYNOLOGY, the annual journal of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists.


Mike's recent activities have concentrated on development of multimedia. He was also President-elect of the Estrella Mountain Faculty Senate (1996-97) and Senate President (1997-98). In May-June 1998 Mike was one of 17 Maricopa Community College Faculty to teach at Wuyi University in Guangdong Province , People's Republic of China. In 1999 he returned to China and studied the geology of the Three Gorges region. During the summers of 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003, and 2006 Mike was one of the faculty mentors for the NIH Bridges Program at Pima Community College /University of Arizona in Tucson. He also is a graduate faculty member in the CTEL at ASU West and a Visiting Scientist at ASU in the Paleobotany Laboratory. In 2006 and 2007 he also dove coral reefs/carbonate in the Bahamas and Belize.


Dr. Farabee retains interests in silversmithing , lapidary, camping, fly fishing, ceramics, and world peas.

Academic Interests 
Palynology Paleobotany
College Service 
2011 - SME Earth Science Project, Global Scholar, Consulting Editor, Developer: Geology 101/103 Physical Geology Online
District Service 
1992-2000, Biology Instructional Council. 1991-present, Geology Instructional Council. 1991-93, Faculty Professional Growth Committee
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

1982a  Some palynomorphs from the Lance Formation (Maestrichtian) of Crook County, Wyoming.  Palynology 6:28.

 

1982b  Stratigraphic palynology of the lower Lance Formation (Upper Cretaceous) in Crook County, Wyoming. J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci.

 

1983a  Stratigraphic palynology of the lower part of the Lance Formation  (Maestrichtian) in Crook County, Wyoming.  M.S. Thesis, Arizona State University, Tempe, 296pp.

 

1983b  A new genus of dispersed fossil pollen from the Upper Cretaceous of North America.  Am. J. Bot. (M.J. Farabee and J.E. Canright).

 

1984a  A new genus of angiosperm pollen from the Upper Cretaceous of North America.  Palynology 8:237-8.

 

1984b  Libopollis, a new pollen genus from the Upper Cretaceous (Maestrichtian) of North America.  Palynology 8:145-163.  (M.J. Farabee, C.P. Daghlian, J.E. Canright, and O. Oftedahl).

 

1984c  The palynoflora of the lower Lance Formation in Crook County, Wyoming. Abstracts of papers for the VIth International Palynological Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

 

1985a  Morphology of the fossil pollen group Triprojectacites -- a reappraisal of taxonomic treatment.  Am. J. Bot.

 

1985b  Morphology  and evolution of Libopollis and some Anacolosidites spp.  from the Upper Cretaceous. Am. J. Bot.

 

1985c  A video demonstration of a simple method of same grain light, scanning, and transmission electron microscopic examination.  Palynology 9:258. (J.V. Ward, M.J. Farabee, and C.P. Daghlian).

 

1985d  Ultrastructure of Triprojectacites.  J. Okla. Acad. Sci.

 

1986a  Stratigraphic palynology of the lower Lance Formation (Maestrichtian) of Crook County, Wyoming.  Palaeontographica Abt. B, 199:  1-89.  (M.J. Farabee and J.E. Canright).

 

1986b  Fine structure of selected triprojectate pollen.  Palynology 10.

 

1986c  Taxonomic reappraisal of triprojectate pollen -- a proposed new approach. Palynology 10.

 

1986d  Numerical analysis of a suspected Upper Cretaceous pollen lineage:  Libopollis to Anacolosidites (in part).  Palynology 10.

 

1986e  SEM alternatives to TEM as applied to fossil pollen.  Palynology 10.  (J.J. Skvarla and M.J. Farabee).

 

1986f   Triprojectate morphology and ultrastructure. Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

 

1986g  Fine structure of Marsypiletes cretacea Robertson, an index palynomorph from the Maestrichtian of North America.  Oklahoma Society for Electron Microscopy Newsletter.

 

1987    Triprojecty in modern and fossil pollen.  Am. J. Bot.

 

1988a  Systematics of Aquilapolles and selected Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary pollen. Ph.D.  Dissertation, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 311 pp.

 

1988b  Systematic revision of Aquilapolles fossil pollen.  Abstracts VII International Palynology Congress (M.J. Farabee and J.J. Skvarla).

 

1988c  Correlation of Permian and Triassic microfloras from Antarctica.  Abstracts VII International Palynology Congress, Brisbane, Australia.  (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1988d  Palynological assemblages from the Falla Formation (Upper Triassic) from the Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica. Am. J. Bot. (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1988e  Fine structure of Marsypiletes, an index for the Late Maestrichtian; and comparison to a new taxon from the Maestrichtian of Alabama. Am. J. Bot. (M.J. Farabee, J.J. Skvarla, and W.F. Chissoe).

 

1988f   Fossil pollen ultrastructure by transmission imaging in a scanning electron microscope (TSEM). G. Thanikaimoni Mem. Vol., Bot. Soc. India.  (J.J. Skvarla, M.J. Farabee, and W.F. Chissoe).

 

1988g  Examination of a tetrad of Integricorpus reticulatus (Mtchedlishvili) Stanley from the Maestrichtian of North Dakota.  Palynology 12:43-48. (M.J. Farabee and J.J. Skvarla).

 

1988h  Palynostratigraphy of the Falla Formation (Upper Triassic) in the central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  Antarctic J.  U.S. 23:8-9  (T. N. Taylor, E. L. Taylor, and M. J. Farabee).

 

1988i   Palynostratigraphy of the Buckley Formation (Permian) in the central Transantarctic Mountains.  Antarctic J.  U.S. 23:21-23  (T. N. Taylor, E. L. Taylor, and M. J. Farabee).

 

1989    Pollen and spore assemblages from the Falla Formation (Upper Triassic), central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  Rev. Palaeobot.  Palynol. 61:101-138 (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1990a  Triprojectate fossil pollen genera.  Proceedings of the VII International palynology Congress, Brisbane, Australia, Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol.  65:341-347.

 

1990b  Correlation of Permian and Triassic palynomorphs from the central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  Proceedings of the VII  International Palynological  Congress, Brisbane, Australia, Rev. of Palaeobot.  Palynol.  65:  in press (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1991a  Botanical affinities of some Triprojectatacites fossil pollen.  Am. J. Bot.

 

1991b  The genus Striatocorpus Krutzsch 1970 emend. new rank.  Palynology 15:81-90. (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Vezey, and J.J. Skvarla).

 

1991c  Palynology of the Upper Kaiparowits Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Campanian) in southcentral Utah. Bulletin of the Georgia Academy of Science, p. 43.

 

1991d  Upper Permian  palynomorphs from the Buckley Formation Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  Rev.  Palaeobot.  Palynol.  (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1992a  Morphological delimitation of the Triprojectacites fossil pollen group.  Bot. Rev., 59: 211-249.

 

1992c  Palynomorphs from the Upper Kaiparowits Formation (Upper Cretaceous), southcentral Utah. Palynology 16.

 

1995    Astound Presentations for Physical Geology, an ancillary to accompany Monroe & Wicander’s Physical Geology. West Educational Publishing.

 

            Student Note-taking Guide for Monroe & Wicander’s Physical Geology. West Educational Publishing.

 

1996    Student Note-taking Guide to accompany Michael Cummings’ Biology: Science and Life. West Educational Publishing. (with Anne T. Rasmussen).

 

2009    Reproductive biology of Datura wrightii: the benefits of a herbivorous pollinator. Judith L. Bronstein, Travis Huxman, Brianna Horvath, Michael Farabee, and Goggy Davidowitz. Annals of Botany 103: 1435-1443.

 

2011    Palynoflora of the late Paleocene silicified shale at Almont, North Dakota,

USA. Reinhard Zetter, Michael J. Farabee, Kathleen B. Pigg, Steven R. Manchester, Melanie L. DeVore, and Michael D. Nowak. PALYNOLOGY.

 

1992-present An Online Biology Book, an Internet textbook; http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookTOC.html

 

Out of print

Images of Biology, a CD-ROM project to accompany Michael Cummings’ Biology: Science and Life. West Educational Publishing. MAC & WIN Persuasion slide presentations PLUS 90+ Macromedia Director animations on various aspects of general biology.

 

Student Note Taking Guide, to accompany Michael Cummings’ Biology: Science and Life. West Educational Publishing.

 

Green Harvest, An Introduction to Biology, 2015 Kendall Hunt Publishers 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

 

1981    Some palynomorphs from the Lance Formation (Maestrichtian) of Crook County, Wyoming.  14th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP), New Orleans, LA, Oct. 7-11, 1981.

 

1982    Stratigraphic palynology of the lower Lance Formation (Upper Cretaceous) in Crook County, Wyoming.  26th  Annual Meeting of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, Arizona State University, April 24, 1982.

 

1983a  A new genus of angiosperm pollen from the Upper Cretaceous of North America.  2nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Botany Graduate Student Association, University of Oklahoma, April 2, 1983.

 

1983b  A new genus of angiosperm pollen from the Upper Cretaceous of North  America.  16th Annual Meeting, AASP, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 25-29, 1983.

 

1983c  A new genus of dispersed fossil pollen from the Upper Cretaceous of North America.  Joint Meeting of the Botanical Society of America and the  Canadian Botanical Association, the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, August 7-11, 1983.  (M.J. Farabee and J.E. Canright).

 

1984a  The palynoflora of the lower Lance Formation in Crook County, Wyoming. VIth International Palynology Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 26-Sept. 1, 1984.

 

1984b  A video demonstration of a simple method of same grain light, scanning, and transmission electron microscopic examination.  17th Annual Meeting, AASP, Reston, VA, Oct. 1984.  (J.V. Ward, M.J. Farabee, and C.P. Daghlian).

 

1985a  Morphology of the fossil pollen group Triprojectacites  -- a reappraisal of taxonomic treatment.  36th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Gainesville, FL, August 11-15, 1985.

 

1985b  Morphology and evolution of Libopollis and some Anacolosidites spp. from the Upper Cretaceous.  36th Annual Meeting of the AIBS, Gainesville, FL, August 11-15, 1985.

 

1985c  Fine structure of selected triprojectate pollen.  18th Annual Meeting, AASP (Symposium on fossil pollen ultrastructure), El Paso, TX, Oct. 1985.

 

1985d  Taxonomic reappraisal of triprojectate pollen -- a proposed new approach. 18th Annual Meeting, AASP, El Paso, TX, Oct. 1985.

 

1985e  Numerical analysis of a suspected Upper Cretaceous pollen lineage:  Libopollis to Anacolosidites (in part).  18th Annual Meeting, AASP, El Paso, TX, Oct. 1985.

 

1985f   Ultrastructure of Triprojectacites.  36th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science (OAS), Shawnee, OK, November, 1985.

 

1985g  SEM alternatives to TEM as applied to fossil pollen.  18th Annual Meeting, AASP (Symposium on fossil pollen ultrastructure), El Paso, TX, Oct. 1985. (J.J. Skvarla and M.J. Farabee).

 

1986a  Triprojectate morphology and ultrastructure.  14th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Assoc. of Naturalists, University of Oklahoma, April 1986.

 

1986b  Fine structure of Marsypiletes cretacea Robertson, an index palynomorph from the Maestrichtian of North America.  37th Annual Meeting of the OAS,  electron microscopy section, Taliquah, OK, Nov. 14, 1986.

 

1987    Triprojecty in modern and fossil pollen.  38th Annual Meeting AIBS, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, August, 1987.

 

1988a  Systematic revision of Aquilapolles fossil pollen.  VII International Palynology Congress, Brisbane, Australia.  (M.J. Farabee and J.J. Skvarla).

 

1988b  Correlation of Permian and Triassic microfloras from Antarctica.  VII  International Palynological Congress, Brisbane, Australia.  (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1988c  Palynological assemblages from the Falla Formation (Upper Triassic) of the central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  39th Annual Meeting, AIBS, University of California, Davis, CA, August 1988 (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1988d  Fine structure of Marsypiletes, an index for the Late Maestrichtian; and comparison to a new taxon from the Maestrichtian of Alabama.  39th Annual Meeting, AIBS, University of California, Davis, CA, August 1988 (M.J. Farabee, J.J. Skvarla, and W.F. Chissoe).

 

1988e  Palynological assemblages from the Buckley Formation (Permian) of the Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  AASP Meeting, Houston, TX, November, 1988 (M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1989a  Correlation of Permian and Triassic palynomorphs from the Beardmore Glacier area, central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.  28th International Geological Congress, Washington, D.C., July, 1989 ( M.J. Farabee, E.L. Taylor, and T.N. Taylor).

 

1989b  Late Permian to Jurassic palynostratigraphy of the Beardmore Glacier and Victoria Land regions  of Antarctica.  40th Annual Meeting, AIBS, Joint Meeting with Canadian Botanical Association, August , 1989.  (M.J. Farabee, T.N. Taylor, and E.L. Taylor).

 

1991a  Palynology of the Upper Kaiparowits Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Campanian) in southcentral Utah. Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science, Augusta/Fort Gordon, GA. April, 1991.

 

1991b  Botanical relationships of Triprojectates.  AASP Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. October, 1991.

 

1991c  Palynomorphs from the Upper Kaiparowits Formation (Upper Cretaceous), southcentral Utah. AASP Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. October, 1991.

 

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