Thomas J. Herbert

Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Miami


Mathematical models of light interception and photosynthesis by plant canopies.


B.S. in Physics, M.I.T. (1964)

Ph.D. in Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University (1970)


E-mail to:

Department of Biology
P.O. Box 249118
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0421, USA.





  • Teaching:
    • Spring, 2012:
      • BIL 360, Comparative Physiology (P)
    • Fall, 2011:
    • Spring, 2011:
      • BIL 265, Comparative Physiology (U)
      • BIL 613, Quantitative Analysis of Biological Data (CD)
    • Fall, 2010:
    • Summer II, 2010:
      • BIL 255, Cellular and Molecular Biology (T)
      • BIL 265, Comparative Physiology (R)


  • Research:
    • Greaver, T. L. and Herbert, T.J. (2004) "Heterogeneous reflected light influences asymmetry in leaf anatomy and gas exchange ." Amer. J. Botany 91: 1988-2003.
    • Herbert, T.J. (2003) "A latitudinal cline in leaf inclination of Dryas octopetala and implications for maximization of whole plant photosynthesis." Photosynthetica. 41: 631-633.
    • Herbert, T.J. (2003) "Global warming and the relationship of plant canopy structure to latitude." In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology A: 318-324.
    • Herbert, T.J. (1996) "On the relationship of plant geometry to photosynthetic response." In: The Ecophysiology of Tropical Forest Plants - S. Mulkey, R. Chazdon, and A. Smith, Eds. Chapman and Hall, pp. 139-161.
    • Herbert, T.J. (1995) "Stereo photogrammetry of plant leaf angles." Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 61: 89-92.
    • Herbert, T.J. (1993) "Leaf orientation of Dryas octopetala L. and its dependence upon latitude" Polar Biology 13: 141-143.
    • Herbert, T.J. (1992) "Random wind-induced leaf movement - Effect upon maximization of whole plant photosynthesis." Photosynthetica 26: 601-607.
    • Herbert, T.J. (1992) "Geometry of heliotropic and nyctinastic leaf movements." Amer. J. Botany 79: 547-550.