Course Director: Dickson Despommier

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Dickson Despommier is Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, and Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. He was born in New Orleans in 1940, and grew up in California before moving to the New York area, where he now lives and works. His Ph.D. degree is in microbiology granted from the University of Notre Dame, and for 28 years conducted laboratory-based biomedical research with NIH-sponsored support at Columbia University. He has always been interested in the environment and the damages caused by our encroachment into natural systems (mostly destruction of hardwood forests to make room for agriculture). 

At present, he is engaged in a project whose mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings and situated in densely populated urban centers (see: www.verticalfarm.comand The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2010; paperback, Picadore Pubs. 2011). This initiative has grown in acceptance over the last five years to the point of stimulating planners and developers around the world to incorporate them into their visions for the future city. There are commercial vertical farms in Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Dubai, Qatar, Canada, Panama, and the United States. 

As an extension of applying vertical farming to the urban landscape, Dr. Despommier has now extended his interests to how cities of the future might function if they were able to produce a significant portion of their food. By a nearly complete re-modeling of the built environment, using all available technologies, an eco-city can be created, equivalent in every aspect to an intact functional ecosystem. The reward for doing so is long-term sustainability. Examples of cities employing cutting edge methods for the conservation and re-use of resources (e.g., water, food, energy) exist in many places (Copenhagen, Denmark; Linköping and Malmö, Sweden; San Diego and Santa Ana, Ca.; Curitiba, Brazil), but none of them have incorporated all of the possible re-use/re-cycling technologies needed to become independent of the food and energy grids. An autonomous city is envisioned that will supply most of its food from urban agricultural initiatives such as the vertical farm. 

Dr. Despommier has received numerous teaching awards, including the national American Medical Student Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003, and the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching award (Columbia University). In 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Medical School. In 2013, he received the Plantagon Corporation award of excellence. He has authored four books, written numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, and many review articles on a wide variety of subjects. His latest book is: People, Parasites, and Plowshares: learning from our body’s most terrifying invaders (Columbia University Press). 

He has lectured on the subject of vertical farming and related urban agricultural issues at The American Museum of Natural History, numerous public and private schools around the metropolitan area, at universities (MIT, Harvard, Cornell, NYU, Columbia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Brigham Young University, The Singularity University, Fordham University, University of Arizona), to various architectural establishments (New York and Chicago Chapters of AIA, Grimshaw, FxFowl, Kiss and Cathcart, SOA), city (Chicago; New York; Seattle; Newark, New Jersey; Jersey City; Los Angeles; Seoul, Korea; Amman, Jordan; Beijing, Shanghai, China; Bangalore and Coimbatore, India; Berlin, Germany) and federal government agencies, including the IMF, USDA and USAID, and The United Nations. He has appeared on the Colbert Report, and given talks at Credit Suisse Bank, Taliesin West, The Monterey Design Conference, The Sarasota Design Conference, TED, seven TEDx, PopTech, PINC, 21 Minutes Of Knowledge, Ars Electronica, Pecha Kucha, The World Science Festival (5 times), The Secret Science Society, The Edinburgh Science Festival, Equilibrium, The Singularity University, and The Manchester International Festival.

Currently you can listen to Dr. Despommier on the science podcasts This Week in Parasitism, This Week in Virology, and Urban Agriculture, at

Despommier lives with his wife Marlene Bloom in Fort Lee, New Jersey.


Curriculum vitae


Date of Birth: June 5, 1940

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana


Emeritus Professor with appointments in: 

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health 

Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Columbia University 1971-present


1962 B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Biology

1964 M.S., Columbia University, Medical Parasitology 

1967 Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Microbiology

1967-70 Post-doctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y. 


1962       Research Assistant, Department of Parasitology, 

              Columbia University, School of Public Health

1964       Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, University of Notre Dame

1970-71  Assistant Professor of Microbiology, The Medical College of Ohio at 

                 Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

1971-75 Assistant Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), Division of Tropical

                  Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia University

1974-77 Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases and Public Health", School of 

                 Public Health, Columbia University

1975-77 Associate Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), Division of 

                 Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia University

1976-77 Visiting Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University

1977-1982 Tenured Associate Professor of Public Health (Parasitology), 

Division of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Columbia 


1980-1981 Acting Head, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, 

                 Columbia University

1976-Present Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases" (required course for 2nd 

                 year medical students), Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.  

1978-1983 Course Director, "Parasitic Diseases", Medical College of Ohio at 

                 Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

1979 - President, New York Society for Tropical Medicine

1981 - Course Director, "Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases", School of Public 

                 Health, Columbia

1981-1991 - License, Director of Clinical Laboratories, N.Y.C. Department of 


1981-1991 - Appointed "Parasitologist in Public Health", and Director of the 

                 Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory. The Presbyterian Hospital

1982 - Present Professor of Public Health (Parasitology) and Microbiology. 

1985-1989 - Elected to council, American Society for Parasitologists

1985-1988 - Referee Editor, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. 

1986 - Sabbatical leave. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. 

                 Melbourne, Australia. March through August.  

1988-1992 - Elected to council, American Society for Tropical Medicine and 


1988-1996 - Editorial Board, Experimental Parasitology

1988 - Present Executive Committee, International Commission on Trichinellosis

1989 - Vice Chairman, Gordon Research Conference: "Immunological and 

Biochemical Aspects of Parasitism." Colby-Sawyer College, New 


1989-2000 Editorial Board, Parasitology Research

1990-1999 Editorial Board, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

1999-2006. Editorial Board, Advances in Parasitology

1991 Chairman, Gordon Research Conference: "Immunological and Molecular 

                 Aspects of Parasitism" Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire

1993-1998 Course Co-director, Advanced Microbiology

1999 –2010. Course Director, "Ecology 101"

1999-2010. Medical Ecology

2003 - Volume Editor, Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial

                 Infections. Volume 5. Parasitology. Arnold Pubs. London


1974 - General Foods Corp. Tarrytown, N.Y. 

1981-82 - Consultant, Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratories, Los Alamos, 

                 New Mexico

1981-83 - Consultant, United States Department of Agriculture

1981-85 - Member, N.I.H. Study Section (Tropical Medicine and Parasitology) 

1986-1992 - Bionetics Research Institute, Rockville, Md.

1993-1994 - Eco Chem, Inc,. Naples, Florida

1996 - General Electric Company

2013 Plantagon, honorary board member


1978 Elected Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University. 

1980 Distinguished Teacher Award, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, 

                 Toledo, Ohio

1981 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University. 

1982 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.

1984 Elected Teacher of the year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.

1987 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University. 

1989 Dean's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. Faculty of 

                 Medicine, Columbia University

1990 Elected Teacher of the Year. Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University.

1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dept. Dermatology New York Medical 

                 College, Vallhala, New York.

1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Structural and Cellular 

                 Biology University of South Alabama. Mobile, Alabama

1993 Theobald Smith Memorial Lecturer, New York Society of Tropical 


1997 Excellence in Teaching Award, Third Grade, Livingston Manor Central 

                 School, Livingston Manor, New York 


2003 The 2003 National Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence Award. American

                 Medical Student Association/Foundation

2008 Distinguished Fall Lecturer, 2nd Yr. Class, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University

2008 Chicago Museum of Science and Industry: Honored as one of the world’s top 10

           innovators (featuring an exhibit on vertical farming opening in September, 2008)

2008 Drew University: Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

2009 American Institute for Architecture, New York Chapter. Certificate of Merit. 

           Presentation on vertical farming

2009 Exhibit for the vertical farm. Exit Art Museum New York City

2009 Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding

           contributions to our re-thinking of farming systems and water and energy


2010 Guggenheim Museum of Art. Part of an exhibit on the Guggenheim Forum:

           Declaration. Feb. 21st-March 10th. New York City

2010. Featured in DIEWAHREN VISIONÄRE UNSERER ZEITby Martin Hausler. 2010

2013. Distinguished Serve Award. Columbia University Medical School. 

2013. Plantagon Award for contributions to the field of vertical farming.


1963-64 U.S.P.H.S.  Traineeship, Columbia University American Cancer Society 

                 Summer Research Fellowship, University of Notre Dame

1965-67 U.S.P.H.S. Traineeship, University of Notre Dame

1967-69 N.I.H. Post-doctoral Fellowship

1971-1998 N.I.H. Research Grant 1-RO1-AI-10627, Functional Antigens of 

Trichinella spiralis, Principal Investigator (Renewed competitively 6 consecutive times) Most recent award 1994-1998 - $980,000

1972-74 N.I.H. Research Grant 1-RO1 AI-11150 Co-principal Investigator

1972-76 N.I.H. Career Development Award 1-KO4-AI 70255    

1984-1991 MacArthur Foundation Grant for Molecular Parasitology. Charles 

                 Cantor, Principal Investigator $2,000,000

1999-2001 GRACE Foundation. $25,000/yr for 3 yrs. Medical Ecology website

                 and subject development

2002-2003 Pfizer Gift for Medical Ecology web site development. $300,000


1974-76 Standing Research Committee, School of Public Health 

1974-78 Admissions Committee, School of Public Health 

1977-78 Chairperson, Admissions Committee, School of Public Health

1975-78 Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Medicine

1973 Grading Committee, School of Public Health 

1974-2009 Human Subjects in Research Committee, School of Public Health 

1978 Search Committee for Chairperson of Pediatrics Harlem Hospital 

1976-2010 Second Year Class Committee, Faculty of Medicine

1980-1988 Animal Care Committee 

1984 Elected to University Senate

1984-1986 Chairman , Animal Care Committee 

1985 Search committee for Head, Institute for Comparative Medicine. 

                 Department of Pathology. 

1987 Search committee for Director of Division of Population and Family 


1987 Re-elected to University Senate

1988-2000 AIMS Committee 

1988-Present Admissions Committee, Faculty of Medicine

1988-present Steering Committee of the Admissions Committee, Medical 


1988-1998 Curriculum committee, School of Public Health

1990-1998 Dean's Committee on Academic Strategy for The Medical School

1990-1993 Planning Committee of the Curriculum Committee, Faculty of 


1990 Search Committee, Chairman of Otolaryngology, St. Luke's Hospital

1991-1995 The University Senate

1991-2000 Advisory Board, Faculty House          

1991 Steering Committee, School of Public Health

1993-1996 Dean's Advisory Committee, Faculty of Medicine

2003 Chair, Dean’s Committee on Educational Space, Faculty of Medicine

2003 Committee on Appointments and Promotions, School of Public Health

2006- 2009. Admissions Committee, Ben Gurion University Medical School


1978 Department of Pathology, William Harrington (Ph.D. Candidate, 

                 Preliminary Examination) 

1977 Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. Defense 


1980 Division of Population and Family Planning, School of Public Health. 

                 Sarah Grove (Ph.D. Candidate, Preliminary Examination) 

1980 Department of Microbiology, David Silberstein (Ph.D. Candidate, 

                 Preliminary Examination, Thesis Defense , Thesis Advisor) 

1988 Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health Doctoral thesis 

                 committee, Jeanne Courvalle.

1991 Division of Molecular Parasitology, New York University. Doctoral thesis 

                 advisor external) Silvia Chei. 

1991 Division of Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health. Doctoral 

                 thesis committee, Jenan Al-Atrash. 

1993 Department of Genetics. Doctoral thesis committee, Demitri Vassialitis

2003 Kim Knowlton, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of 

                 Public Health

2007 Babacar Cicce MD/PhD candidate –combined program

2007 Elizabeth Kelvin PhD Epidemiology – thesis defense. Al Houser, advisor


American Chemical Society

American Society for Parasitologists

American Society for Microbiology

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Royal Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

New York Society of Tropical Medicine 

American Association for the Advancement of Science 

Sigma Xi (full member since 1966)

Harvey Society  (since 1978)

American Men in Science (since 2000)

New York Academy of Sciences - 2010

Science Barge Advisory Board – 2007 - Present

Food Safety Advisory Board, Department of Health for the City of New York (2007-2009) 

Who's Who in the East – (Since 2000)

Who’s Who in American Education (Since 2005)

Who's Who in America (Since 1987)

Angler’s Club of New York  (since 2002)

Salmagundi Club – (Since 2005)

1100 Watercolor Society – 2003-2008


"The in vivo and in vitro analysis of acquired resistance to Trichinellaspiralis

infections in mice." 1967 Ph.D. Thesis, University of Notre Dame. 


Vertical Farm Project – 1999-Present (see:

Urban Sustainable Agricultural Initiatives – 2000-Present

Medical Ecology of West Nile Virus – 2000-Present (see:

Emerging Infectious Disease Ecology – 1999-Present


Board of Directors, Arts Interaction/Gallery 12. 1990-1995

Trout Unlimited,1974-Present.

Board of Directors, East Jersey Chapter, Trout Unlimited,1982-1984.

Director of two day workshop: "We All Live Downstream", sponsored 

                 by East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Sept. 21 and 22, 1991

Board of Advisors, The Neighborhood Fund. 1992-Present

Board of Directors, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. 1994-1999

Executive Committee, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. 1999-2006

Director of Educational Programs, Catskill Fly Fishing Center and 

                 Museum. 1996-1999

Board of Directors, Friends of Fishes - 1994-1999

Brodhead Forest and Stream Association - 2000-Present

Anglers Club of New York  - 1999-present

Salmagundi Club of New York – 2003-present

President, Apple Trees Productions, LLC (published 5 books as of 2006; see

President and founder, Vertical Farm Technologies, LLC - 2007


Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Fall 2004 – First place - “Portals” - photograph

Salmagundi Club of New York – 2005 – Honorable Mention – “Portals” - photograph

Salmagundi Club of New York – 2007 -  Grand Prize – best in show, Fall auction: 

                                                                 “Mocha Latte Water Buffalo” – photograph

Salmagundi Club of New York – 2008- Certificate of Merit – “My Favorite Thing” show - “Bicycle”, digital image

Salmagundi Club of New York – 2009  - Certificate of Merit – “Tree”, digital image

The Art Students League of New York – 2005 - Red Dot Award – “Jars and Pear”, watercolor

The Art Students League of New York – 2008 - Red Dot Award – “Spathia”, watercolor

The Art Students League of New York – 2009 – Red Dot Award – “Red Stamen”, watercolor

Architecture Institute of America, New York Chapter. 2009. Award of Merit. 


1978-2009 “Parasitic Diseases". Required course, 2nd yr. medical 

            students. Course director

1980-Present “Medical Elective in the Tropics”. Available to 4thyear 

            medical students. Director of the program

1982-1998 "Advanced Microbiology". Required course, first year 

graduate students in Dept. Microbiology, the Graduate School of Arts 

and Sciences. Section on eukaryotic parasites. 

1994-2009. "Ecology 101”. Elective course at the SPH. Open to all graduate-level students 

campus wide. Course director.

1993-2009 "Environmental Health Sciences". Core course, team 

            taught to all students in SPH. Lectures on Water, Energy Use, Land 

            Use. Co-founder of course contents. 

1994–1998 "Medical Ecology" lectures (3), to 1st year medical students.

             Founded lecture series: Atmosphere; Food; Water.

1999- present  “Medical Ecology”  Fall semester course, elective for all 

            graduate students

2000. "Cholera Then And Now" Elective course for Environmental Health

            Science Students. 

2003, 2004 “Core Course in Environmental Health Sciences”, course

            director, SPH

2002-2009 “Emerging Infectious Diseases” Co-director with Steve Morse, SPH

2012. “Ecology For Designers”. Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus



  1.Despommier, D.D., M. Kajima, and B.S. Wostmann. 1967. Ferritin-conjugated antibody studies on the larva of Trichinellaspiralis.J. Parasit. 53: 618-624. 

  2.Despommier, D.D., and B.S. Wostmann. 1968. Diffusion chambers for inducing immunity to Trichinella spiralisin mice. Exp. Parasitol. 23: 228-233. 

  3.Despommier, D.D., and B.S. Wostmann. 1969. Trichinella spiralis: Immune elimination in mice. Exp. Parasitol. 24: 243-250. 

  4.Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1969. Particle-associated functional antigens of Trichinella spiralislarvae and immunity in mice. Proced. 2ndInternational Conference Trichinellosis. Warsaw, Poland.  Wiadomosci Parazytologiczne. T.X.V. Nr. 5-6: 612 (abstract). 

  5.Fuchs, M., G.B. Craig, and D.D. Despommier. 1969. The protein nature of the substance inducing female monogamy in Aedes aegypti. J. Insect Physiol. 15: 701-709. 

  6.Dennis, D., D.D. Despommier, and N. Davis. 1970. The infectivity of the newborn larva of Trichinella spiralisin the rat. J. Parasit. 56: 974-977. 

  7.Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1970.  The schistosome of Trichinella spiralis: Its structure and function. J. Parasit. 56: Sec. II. Part 1. 2ndInternat. Cong. Parasitol. pp. 76-77. 

  8.Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1970. Functional antigens of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 56: Sect. II. Part 1. 2ndInternat. Cong. Parasitol. p. 76. 

  9.Despommier, D.D. 1971. The immunogenicity of the newborn larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 57: 531-535.

10.Despommier, D.D., and G.J. Jackson. 1972. Actinomycin-D and Puromycin-HCl in axenic cultures of the nematode, Neoaplectana glaseri. J. Parasit. 58: 774-777. 

11.Despommier, D.D. 1973. A circular thermal migration device for the rapid collection of large numbers of intestinal helminths. J. Parasit. 59: 933-935. 

12.Purkerson, M., and D.D. Despommier. 1974. Fine structure of the muscle phase of Trichinella spiralisin the mouse. In: Trichinellosis.(ed. C. Kim), Intext Publishers, N.Y.C.  pp. 7-24.

13.Despommier, D.D. 1974. The stichocyte of Trichinella spiralisduring morphogenesis in the small intestine of the rat. In: Trichinellosis.(ed. C. Kim), Intext Publishers, N.Y.C. pp. 239-255. 

14.Despommier, D.D., M. Muller, B. Jenks, and M. Fruitstone. 1974. Immunodiagnosis of human trichinosis using counterimmunoelectrophoresis and agar gel diffusion techniques. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 23: 41-44. 

15.Despommier, D.D., S. Weisbroth, and C. Fass. 1974.  Circulating eosinophils and trichinosis in the rat: The stage responsible for induction during infection. J.  Parasit. 60: 280-284. 

16.Despommier, D.D., L. Aron, and L. Turgeon. 1975.  Trichinella spiralis: Growth of the intracellular (muscle)larva. Exp. Parasitol. 37: 108-116. 

17.Despommier, D.D. 1975. Adaptive changes in muscle fibers infected with Trichinella spiralis. Amer. J. Pathology 78: 477-484. 

18.Feldman, A., H. Rosenkranz, and D.D. Despommier. 1975.  Guanine-cytosine content of DNA from the mature muscle larva of Trichinella spiralisas determined from buoyant density and thermal-helix coil transition measurements. J. Parasit.  61: 570-571. 

19.Despommier, D.D., and M. Muller. 1976. The stichosome and its secretion granules in the mature muscle larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 62:775-785.

20.Despommier, D.D., W.C. Campbell, and L. Blair.  1977.  The in vivo and in vitro analysis of immunity to Trichinella spiralisin mice and rats. Parasitology. 74: 109-119. 

21.Crum, E., D.D. Despommier, and D.D. McGregor. 1977. Immunity to Trichinella spiralis. I. Transfer of resistance by two classes of lymphocytes. Immunology. 33: 787-796. 

22.Despommier, D.D., D.D. McGregor, and E. Crum. 1977.  Immunity to Trichinella spiralis.  II. Expression of immunity against adult worms. Immunology. 33: 797-805. 

23.Despommier, D. 1977. Immunity to Trichinella spiralis. Amer. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 26: 68-75. 

24.Despommier, D., M. Sukhdeo, and E. Meerovitch. 1978.  Trichinella spiralis: Site selection by the larva during the enteral phase of the infection in mice. Exp. Parasitol.  44: 209-215. 

25.Williams, R.W., N.K.B. Hagan, A. Berger, and D.D. Despommier. 1978. An improved assay technique for matrone, a mosquito pheromone, and its application for ultrafiltration experiments. J.Insect. Physiol. 24: 127-132. 

26.Bell, R.G., D.D. McGregor, and D.D. Despommier. 1979.  Trichinella spiralis: Mediation of the intestinal component of protective immunity in the rat by multiple, phase-specific, antiparasitic responses. Exp. Parasitol. 47: 140-157. 

27.Despommier, D.D.  1979. The immune system and parasitism. In: “Infectious Diseases.” June, 1979. 

28.Despommier, D.D., and A. Laccetti.  1981.  Trichinella spiralis: Proteins and antigens isolated from a large-particle fraction derived from the muscle larva. Exp.  Parasitol. 51: 279-295. 

29.Despommier, D.D., and A. Laccetti.  1981.  Trichinella spiralis: Partial characterization of antigens isolated by immuno-affinity chromatography from the large-particle fraction of the muscle larva.  J. Parasit. 67: 332-339.

30.Despommier, D.D.  1981. Partial purification and characterization of protection- inducing antigens from the muscle larva of Trichinella spiralisby molecular sizing chromatography and preparative flatbed isoelectric focusing. Parasite Immunology 3: 261-272.

31.Despommier, D.D.  1981. The Laboratory Diagnosis of Entamoeba histolytica. Bull. New York Academy of Medicine 57: 212-216. 

32.Seawright, G.L., D.D. Despommier, W. Zimmerman, and R.  Isenstein.1983. Enzyme immunoassay for swine trichinellosis using antigens. Trop. Med. Hyg. 32: 1275-1284. 

33.Silberstein, D., and D.D. Despommier. 1984.  Antigens from Trichinella spiralisthat induce protection in the mouse. J. Immunol. 132: 898-904. 

34.Lefkowitch, J.H., S. Krumhotz, K.-C. Feng-Chen, P. Griffin, D. D. Despommier, and T.A. Brasitus. 1984.  Cryptosporidiosis of the human small intestine: A light and electron microscopic study. Human Path. 15: 746-752. 

35.Burnham, J.C., and D.D. Despommier.1985. Development of the male genitalia of Trichinella spiralis during its enteral phase of development in the mouse: an SEM study. J. Parasit.  70: 310-311. 

36.Murrell, K.D., and D.D. Despommier. 1984. Immunization of swine against Trichinella spiralis. Vet. Parasitol. 15: 263-270. 

37.Capo, V., D.D. Despommier, and D.S. Silberstein. 1984. The site of ecdysis of the L1 larva of Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 70: 992-993. 

38.Silberstein .D.S., and D. D. Despommier. 1985. Effects on Trichinella spiralisof host responses to purified antigens. Science 227: 948-950. 

39.Silberstein, D.S., and D.D. Despommier. 1985.  Immunization with purified antigens protects mice from lethal infection with Trichinella spiralis. J. Parasit. 71: 516-517.

40.Despommier, D.D. 1985. Preparation and standardization of antigens useful in the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  Develop. Biol. Standards. 62: 53-56. 

41.Isenstein, R.S.; H.M. Marks; D.W. Webert; J.C. Judkins; C.M. Parker; and D.D. Despommier. (1985). In: ICT6 Trichinellosis (ed. C. Kim), The State University Press; Albany, N.Y., pp. 240-245.

42.Pincus, S.H., P.V. Cammaratta, M. DeLima, and D.D. Despommier. 1986. Eosinophilia in murine Trichinosis. J. Parasit. 72: 321-324.

43.Capo, V.,D.D. Despommier, and D.S. Silberstein. 1986.  Immunocytolocalization of two protection-inducing antigens of Trichinella spiralisduring its enteral phase in immune and non-immune mice. J. Parasit. 72: 931-938. 

44.Symmans, W.A.; C.H. Beresford; D. Dickson; D.  Despommier, B.J. Reeder, and C.S. Shepherd. 1986. Cyclic eosinophilic myositis and hyperimmunoglobulin-E . Ann.  Internal Med. 104: 26-32. 

45.Stewart, G.L.; D.D. Despommier; J. Burnham; and K.  Reins. 1987.Trichinella spiralis: Behavioral, structural, and biochemical studies on larvae following exposure to components of the host enteric environment. Exp. Parasitol.  63: 195-204. 

46.Despommier, D.D., A. Gold, S.W. Buck, V. Capo and D.  Silberstein. 1990. Trichinella spiralis: A secreted antigen of the infective L1 larva localizes to the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm of infected host cells. Exp. Parasitol. 72: 27- 38. 

47.Despommier, D.D. 1990. Trichinella spiralis: The worm that would be Virus Parasitology Today. 6: 193-196. 

48.Gold, A.M.; D.D. Despommier; and S.W. Buck. 1990. Partial characterization of two antigens secreted by the larva of Trichinella spiralis. Mol. Biochem. Parasit. 41: 187-196 

49.Despommier, D.D.; W.F. Symmans; and R. Dell. 1991.  Changes in Nurse cell nuclei during infection with Trichinella spiralis. J.Parasitol. 77: 290-295.  

50.Baruch, A.M., and D.D.Despommier. 1991. Blood vessels in Trichinella spiralisinfections: a study using vascular casts. J. Parasitol. 77: 99-103. 

51.Vassilatis, D., D.D. Despommier, D. Misek, R.I. Polvere, A.M. Gold, and L.H.T. van der Ploeg. Analysis of a 43 kDa glycoprotein from the intracellular parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis. 1992. J. Biol. Chem. 267: 18,459-18,465.

52.Despommier, D.D. 1992. Tapeworm infection: the long and the short of it. New England Journal of Medicine. 327: 727-728.  

53.Despommier, D.D. 1993. Trichinella spiralisand the concept of niche. J. Parasitol. 79: 472-482.

54.Jasmer, D.P., S. Yao, D. Vassilatis, D.D. Despommier, and S.M. Neary. 1994. Failure to detect Trichinella spiralisp43 in isolated host nuclei and in irradiated larvae of infected muscle cells which express the infected cell phenotype. Mol.  Biochem. Parasit. 67: 225-234. 

55.Montgomery, J., Feldmen, A., Despommier, DD., Stewart, G.L., and Haeling E. 1995. A method for isolation and partial purification of large quantities of Trichinella spiralisNurse cells. J. Parasitol. 81: 649-652. 

56.Capo, V.; and D. D. Despommier. 1996. Clinical aspects of infection with Trichinella spp. Clinical Microbiol. Reviews 9: 47-54.

57.Vassilatis, D.K.; Despommier, D.D.; Polvere, R.I.; Gold, A.M.; and Van der Ploeg, L.H.T. 1996. Trichinella pseudospiralissecretes a protein related to the Trichinella spiralis 43-kDa glycoprotein. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 78: 13-23.

58.Vassilatis, D.K.; Polvere, R.I.; Despommier, D.D.; Gold, A.M.; and Van der ploeg, L.H.T. 1996. Developmental expression of a 43-kDa secreted glycoprotein from Trichinella spiralis. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 78: 25-31. 

59.Despommier, D.D. 1997. Trichinella spiralisand the concept of Parakines.In:9thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis. August. Mexico City. 

60.Gold, A.M.; and Despommier, D.D. 1997. A major secreted glycoprotein of Trichinella spiralis L1 larvae is related  to the serine peptidases. 9thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis. Mexico City..   

61.Polvere, R.I.; Kabash, C.; Kadan, I.; Capo, V.; Gold,A.M.; and Despommier, D.D. 1997. Trichinella spiralis: collagen type IV and type VI synthesis. Exp. Parasitol.86:191-199.

62.Capo, V., D.D.Despommier, and R.I.Polvere. 1998. Trichinella spiralis: Vascular endothelial growth factor is up-regulated within the Nurse cell during the early phase of its formation. J.Parasitol. 84: 209-214. 

63.Despommier, D.D. 1998. How Trichinella spiralismakes itself at home. Parasitology Today. August. p.318-323.

64. Despommier, D.D. 2003. Toxocariasis: clinical aspects, epidemiology, medical ecology, and molecular aspects. Clin Microbiol Rev. Apr;16:265-72.

65. Despommier, D.D; Ellis, B.R.; B. Wilcox. 2007. The role of ecotones in emerging infectious diseases. Ecohealth 3, 281-289. 

66. Despommier, D.D. 2007. Chemical trails and the parasites that follow them. PNAS. Vol.104

67. Ellingsen, E., and D. Despommier. 2008. The Vertical Farm- The origin of a 21stCentury Architectural Typology. Issue III. CTBUH Journal.  pp. 26-34

68. The Future of Our Food. Consilience. 2010.

69. The Vertical Farm. Trends in Biotechnology. 2013


1.   Katz, M., D.D. Despommier and R. Gwadz. Parasitic Diseases.  Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg. First edition.  1982. pp. 264. 

2.   Despommier, D.D. and J. Karapelou. Parasite Life Cycles. Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg.  1987. pp. 127

3.   Katz, M., D.D. Despommier, and R.W.Gwadz. Parasitic Diseases. Springer-Verlag Pub., New York and Heidelberg. Second Edition. 1989. pp. 301.

4.   Despommier, D.D., Gwadz, R.G., and Hotez, P.J. Parasitic Diseases. Springer Verlag Pub., New York and Heidleberg. Third Edition. 1994. pp. 333.

5. Despommier, DD, Gwadz, R.G., Hotez, P, Knirsch, C., Parasitic Diseases, AppleTrees Productions, LLC, Pub., New York , NY. Fourth Edition. 2000. pp. 345

6. Despommier, DD, Gwadz, R.G., Hotez, P, Knirsch, C., Parasitic Diseases, Apple Trees Productions, LLC, Pub., New York , NY. Fifth Edition. Second printing. 2006. pp. 363

7. Despommier, D.D., West Nile Story. Apple Trees Productions, LLC., Pub., New York, NY. 2001. pp. 134

8. Despommier, D.D., West Nile Story, 2nded. Kindle edition, Amazon. 2011

9. Despommier, DD. The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21stcenturyThomas Dunn Books, St. Martin’s Press. October, 2010

10. Despommier, DD. People, Parasites, And Plowshares. Columbia University Press. 201


  1.Despommier, D.  1976. Musculature. In: Ecological Aspects of Parasitology, C.R.  Kennedy, ed. Elsiever Excerpta Medical North-Holland Pub.  pp. 269-285. 

  2.Despommier, D.D.  1980. Experimental Parasitology. In: The Laboratory Rat. Chapter II, Vol. II. J. Baker, H.J. Lindsey and S. Weisbroth, eds., Academic Press, N.Y.C., pp. 225-244. 

  3.Despommier, D.D.  1983. Biology. In: Trichinella and Trichinosis. W.C. Campbell, ed. Plenum Pub. Corp., N.Y.C. pp. 75-142. 

  4.Despommier, D.D. 1983. The Interpretation of Serological Tests for Human Parasitic Infections. In: Immunodiagnosis for Clinicians: Interpre- tation of Immunologic Assays.  M.H. Grieco and D.K. Meriney, eds. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.  (pp. 324-335). 

  5.Despommier, D.D. 1985. Antigens of TrichinellaspiralisIn: Trichinellosis.  (C.Kim, ed.). Proceedings of the 6thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis. August 6-9, 1984. Val Morin, Quebec, Canada. pp.8-16. 

  6.Despommier, D.D. 1985. Preparation and standardization of antigens useful in the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  In: Developments in Biological Standardization. Diagnostics and vaccines for parasitic diseases. ( M. Tiru and W. Hennessen, eds. ) S. Karger, pub. Basel, Munich, Paris, London, and New York. pp.53-58.

  7.Despommier, D,D. 1986.

Trichinellosis. In: Immunodiagnosis of Parasitic Diseases, Vol. 1 . K. Walls . and P. Schantz, eds. Academic Press, Orlando, Fla. U.S.A. pp. 163-182.

  8.Despommier, D.D. 1987. The Immunobiology of Trichinellaspiralis. In: Immune Responses in Parasitic Infections: Immunology, Immunopathology, and Immunoprophylaxsis. Vol. I. Nematodes. E.J.L. Soulsby, ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla. pp.43-60 

  9.Despommier, D.D. 1995.Trichinella spiralisand its enteral site niche. In: Eneteric Infection (M. J. G. Farthing; G. T. Keusch; and D. Wakelin, eds.) Chapman and Hall Medical Pubs., London. pp. 107-116.

10.Despommier, D.D. 1995.Trichinella spiralis. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract (M.J. Blaser; P.D. Smith; J.I. Ravdin; H. B. Greenberg; and R. L. Guerrant ed.). Raven Press, New York. Chapter 77.pp 1179-1188.

11.Despommier,D.D. 1997. Trichinella and Toxocara. in: Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections. 1997.  

12.Despommier,D.D. 1997. Trichinella and Toxocara sp. in:Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (S. Long, L.K.Pickering, and C.G.Prober, eds) Churchhill-Livingstone, Pubs. New York. 1997.pp.1469-1475. 

13.Hamer,D.,and D.D.Despommier.1998.  Intestinal Nematodes. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract.(S.L.Gorbach, J. G. Bartlett, and N.R.Blacklow,eds).  W.B. Saunders, Pubs. Philadelphia. 1998.pp. 2456-2465.

14.Hamer, D, and D.D.Despommier. 1998 Tissue Nematodes. in: Infectious Diseases. (S.L.Gorbach, J.G. Bartlett, and N.R. Blacklow, eds).W.B. Saunders, Pubs. 


15. Despommier,D.D. 2001. Trichinella and Toxocara sp. in: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (S. Long, L.K.Pickering, and C.G.Prober, eds) Churchhill-Livingstone, Pubs. New York. 2001.

16. Despommier, D.D. 2001.Trichinella spiralis. in: Infections of the Gasterointestinal Tract (M.J. Blaser; P.D. Smith; J.I. Ravdin; H. B. Greenberg; and R. L. Guerrant ed.). Raven Press, New York. 2001.

17. Despommier, D. D. 2008. Tissue Nematodes in: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 3rdEd. (S. Long, L.K. Pickering, and C.G. Prober, eds). Churchill-Livingstone, Pubs. pp. 1304 

18. Despommier, D.D.; E. Ellingsen. 2008. Models: Proof of Concept. 30/60/90 Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 64-72.

19. Tall and Green: a typology for a sustainable urban future. 8thWorld Congress, March 3-5, 2008. Dubai, UAE. Congress Proceedings. Despommier, D.D., and E. Ellingsen. The vertical farm: The skyscraper as vehicle for a sustainable urban agriculture. pp. 311-318.

20. The urban ecosystem: sustainable future for the built environment. Degrees of Change: Urban Design After the Age of Oil. 

21. The Vertical Farm and Architecture. Oz. University of Kansas Journal of Architecture.

22. Springer-Verlag. The Vertical Farm in Horticulture. Online Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.

23. The Vertical Farm. Trends in Technology. Vol. 31, No. 7, July 2013

24. SOM Future of the Skyscraper. 2015


  1.The 3rdInternational Conference on Trichinellosis. Miami, Florida, 1972. Coordinator of meeting and Chairperson, Symposium on Mechanisms of Immunity. 

  2.European Workshop on Immunology. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1974. “The Antigens of the Stichosome of Trichinella spiralis”. 

  3.American Society for Microbiology (New York Chapter). Symposium on Intracellular Parasitism held at The Rockefeller University, N.Y.C. 1974. “Trichinellaspiralis:The World’s Largest Intracellular Parasite”. 

  4.W.H.O. Post-Graduate Course on The Immune System and Parasites. Nairobi,Kenya.1979. “Immunity to Trichinellaspiralis”. 

  5.The 5thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis, Noordwak aan Zee, The Netherlands, 1980. Co-chairperson, Session in Immunopathology; presented two papers on the antigens of Trichinella spiralis. 

  6.The 6thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis , Val Morin, Canada 1984. “Antigens”. 

  7.The use of affinity-purified antigens from Trichinellaspiralisin the diagnosis of swine trichinellosis.  Internat.Assoc.Biol. standards/WHO Symposium on Parasitological Diagnostics and Vaccines, Feb. 20-22, 1985.  Stockholm, Sweden. 

  8.Trichinella and structural changes in mammalian muscle fibers: observations of a non-malignant transformation process. Symposium sponsored jointly by The Helminthological Society of Washington and The New Jersey Society for Parasitology.May 11, 1985. 

  9.Immuno-Parasitology: Recent advances in diagnosis and vaccination. Dean’s Day Symposium . P&S 126thAlumni Reunion. Columbia University, May 10&11,1985. 

10.Stage-specific antigens of Trichinellaspiralis.Gordon Research Conference on Immunology and Molecular Biology of Parasites. August 3-7, 1987.

11.Chair, session on Trichinellosis. Lecture title: Biology of the parenteral phase of Trichinellaspiralis.Third Latin American            Congress of Tropical Medicine and the Ninth National Congress of Parasitology. Mexico City, 

12.Structure-function relationships in the development of the Nurse cell-parasite complex of Trichinellaspiralis.  South Eastern Society of Parasitologists Annual meeting, Boone, North Carolina. April 18-20, 1990. 

13.Trichinellaspiralis:The world’s largest virus. Lecture in: “Biology of Parasitism” course at Woods Hole, Mass. July 5, 1990.

14.Development of the Nurse cell-parasite complex in Trichinella spiralisinfection. Lecture in Biology of Parasitism course at Woods Hole, Mass. July 10, 1992   

15.Trichinella spiralisand the concept of niche. President’s symposium. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Parasitologists. Philadelphia, Pa. August, 1993. 

16.“On the Value of Trout”. In: “The Economics of the Environment”. G. Chichilniski, course director. 

17.“My Life as a Worm”. Annual Theobald Smith Lecture. Cornell University Medical School. 1993.

18.“Trypanosomiasis, a Tale of Two Continents”. 16thAnnual Darwin Festival. Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts. February 15, 1995.

19.“The Nurse cell-parasite complex of Trichinella spiralis: Roofing and other home building activities. Plenary Lecture, British Society for Parasitology. April, 1996

20.Trichinella spiralisand the concept of Parakines. Symposium, 9thInternational Conference on Trichinellosis. Mexico City. August, 1996.

21.Trichinella spiralis: Nature’s master architect. U. Texas at Houston, Feb. 1997. Celebration of the merging of the departments of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Physiology. 

22.University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Boulton Center Annual Conference on Parasitism. May 3, 1997 “Trichinella spiralis: how the worm turns”. 

23.Gordon Research Conference on “Parasitism” New Port, Rhode Island, July, 1997. Trichinella spiralisand Nurse cell biology”. 

24.Keynote speaker, International Health Conference, Einstein Medical College. “Medical Elective in the Tropics for 4thYear Medical Students”. April 30th, 1998. 

25.Climate Change: What does it mean for South Florida? Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Wyndam Miami Biscayne Hotel. May 26th, 1999. “Implications of Climate Change for Public Health” 

26.Invited Speaker: Ecology and Health Conference sponsored by :NIEHS, EPA, State of North Carolina, Duke University, University of North Carolina. Title: Medical Ecology: A New Way of Looking at Public Health. June 28th, 2000.

27.Keynote speaker: Coastal Ecology and Health held at Marine Biological Station in Wilmington, North Carolina, Sept 7th, 2000. "Medical Ecological Aspects of Estuarine Environments"

28.Lamont Colloquium: "Medical Ecological Aspects of Riverine Environments". September 8th, 2000.

29. Invited speaker Trichinellosis Conference, San Diego. August, 2004. What we still need to know about the biology of Trichinella spiralis.

30. Invited speaker: Fancy Gap Annual Meeting, October, 2004. What we still need to know about the biology of Trichinella spiralis

31. Invited speaker: Brigham Young University “The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century” January 13th, 2005

32.Invited speaker: Fairleigh Dickinson University “Vertical Farming: Saving the Earth” February 17, 2005

33.History of Medicine Series, Health Sciences Center, Columbia University 2005:

     “Creationism, Dinosaurs and Worms: The Discovery of Trichinella spiralis. January 27th,


34. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21stCentury and Beyond. Visiting scholar.  

      Perspectives in Biology. Wake Forest University. May 10-16th. 2005.

35. Emerging Infections and the Ecotone National Institutes of Health, Bilthoven, The

      Netherlands. The ecotone as a zone of disease transmission. Symposium: Emerging diseases

      transmitted between animals and humans. February, 2005. 

36. The Vertical Farm Project. March, 2007. The Social Enterprise Conference. Harvard 

      University Business School.

37. The Vertical Farm. Arup New York. June, 2007. 

38. The Vertical Farm. Kiss and Cathcart Architects, June, 2007. New York. 

39.The Vertical Farm Concept. Making Cities Livable. Portland, Oregon, June  2007  

40. Urban Agriculture in The Urban Landscape. United Nations Conference on Climate Change –

      DPI/NGO annual meeting. September 2007. 

41. Innovating Metropolitan Agriculture. Beijing, China. October 2007. Joint meeting between

      Holland and China. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21stCentury and Beyond.

42. Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario. November 2007. The Concept of Vertical


43. The Vertical Farm. Xavier High school. October, 2008.

44. The Vertical Farm. FxFowle Architects, New York. November, 2007. 

45. The Vertical Farm. Combined studios presentation. Illinois Institute of Technology. February

      18, 2008.

46. The ecotone and transmission of infectious diseases. Microbial Threats to Homeland

      Security. Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C. February 2008

47. The vertical farm: agriculture for the 21stcentury and beyond. MIT. March 14th, 2008.

48. Seoul Digital Forum, March, 2008. Speaker. The Vertical Farm: agriculture for the 21st

        century and beyond.

49. Drew University, 2008. Distinguished Lecture Series in Biology. 2008. The Vertical Farm Project.

50. Incheon Tourist Organization, March, 2008. The Vertical Farm and Incheon EcoPark Initiative. 

51. World Science Forum. May 28, 2008. Low Library, Columbia University. Urban Agriculture.

52. World Science Festival. May 30, 2008. Kimmel Auditorium, NYU campus. The Vertical 

        Farm Concept.

53. Taste3, Napa California. July 17, 2008. Vertical Farm and Urban Agriculture.

54. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) annual meeting, New York City. August 15th,

      2008. Gotham Hall. The Vertical Farm: Who will set the standards?  

55. Green Buildings: Building Green. The Vertical Farm. American Institute for Architects.

      October, 2008 

56. In Celebration Of A New Green Roof. The Free Library of Philadelphia. October 13th, 2008

57. Urban Agriculture: the vertical farm project. The Feast. Scandanavia House. October 14th,


58. The Vertical Farm. Pop!Tech. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Camden,

      Maine. October 23rd, 2008

59. A vertical farm for Surrey, British Columbia. Sept. 2008

60. The Vertical Farm. Fredrick Douglas Academy. 147thand St. Nicholas Ave., NY, NY

      October, 2008

61. Urban Agricultural Initiatives. University of Illinois, Chicago campus. November 5th, 2008.

62. The Vertical Farm as a Design Feature of the Urban Landscape. Parsons School of Design. 

      New York City. November 6th, 2008

63. Vertical Farm Concept for Greener Buildings. Green Building Council of New York. 

      November 13th, 2008.

64. Indian Institute for Architecture. Bangalore, India. December 10th, 2008. Making A

      Difference. Sustainable Urban Agriculture

65. Pune, India. December 16th, 2008. F.E.E.D., Sustainable Urban Agriculture – The Vertical 

      Farm Project

65.  Rochester Institute for Technology. 2009. January 8th. The Vertical Farm Project  

66. Secret Science Club. Union Hall, Brooklyn. January 13, 2009. Urban Agriculture

        for the 21st  Century: The vertical Farm.

67. Going Green Boston. March 10th. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the Future City.

68. Rutgers University Cook College School of Agriculture. March 13th. The Vertical

       Farm:  agriculture for the 21stcentury and beyond. 

69. TED 2009. Feburary3-6. Speaker. Long Beach, California. Sustainable Urban

       Agriculture: The Vertical Farm.

70. Daughters of the American Revolution – Garden Club, New York. March 23rd.

       The Vertical Farm. 2009

71. Pecha Kucha. March 24th. The Vertical Farm: Urban Agriculture for the Future


72. USDA International Agricultural Research Division. March 25th. The Vertical

       Farm: agriculture for the 21stcentury and beyond. 

73. Grimshaw Architects, New York. March 27th, 2009. The Vertical Farm 

74. Starting Bloc. Sunday, March 29th, 2009. The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21stCentury.

75. Norwich University (Vermont). Dept. Architecture. April 1, 2009. The Vertical Farm: 

      Centerpiece for the Eco-city of Tomorrow.

76. The Vertical Farm: a new investment opportunity. Temple University School of 

      Business 4th Annual Social Enterprise Day. April 8, 2009

77. The Vertical Farm Project. Horace-Mann School, Bronx, New York. April 17, 2009.

78. The Art of Urban Agriculture: The Vertical Farm. Exit Art Museum. April 20, 2009. 

79. Live well – Save the Planet: the Vertical Farm. NYC Chapter, Sierra Club. April 23rd.

      Symposium: NY Transformed: Visions for a Sustainable City

80. National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., For The Greener Good. Panel 

      discussion. April 29th, 2009.

81. PINC, Amsterdam, Holland. Live Well, Help Save the Planet: The Vertical Farm

      Project. May12th, 2009. 

82. Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Vertical Farm:

        Saving nature, living well. March 25, 2010. 

83. World Water Organization High Level Conference on Water and Global Health at the United Nations: The vertical farm: a solution to the world water crisis. April 9th 2010.

84. New York City Department of Design and Construction. The vertical farm. April 22, 2010

85. Seminario Internationale (on sustainability). The Canary Islands. The vertical farm: providing a sustainable, safe, abundant food supply. April 29, 2010.

86. TEDx Chicago. The Vertical farm 2010

87. TEDx Washington, D/C. The Vertical Farm: keystone concept for the eco-city. 2010

88. IdeaCity. Toronto, Ontario. The Vertical Farm. 2011

89. Manchester International Festival. Manchester, England. The Vertical Farm. 2011

90. University of Nottingham, England. The Vertical Farm. 2011

91. TEDx Bermuda Oct. 2011. The Vertical Farm.

92. Monterey Design Conference. Sept. 2011. The Vertical Farm

93. Rotary International UN Day. Nov. 5th, 2011. The Vertical Farm

94. TEDx Warwick College, England. The Vertical Farm: Keystone concept to the ecocity. 2013

95. TEDx Middlebury, Vermont. October, 2013

96. Urban Agricultural Summit. Linköping, Sweden. The Vertical Farm: Keystone Concept to the Ecocity. 2013

97. Commercializing the Vertical Farm concept. World Investment Conference, Strasbourg, France. October, 2013

98. Investing in Urban Agriculture: The vertical farm. World Real Estate Conference, Kitzbeuhl, Austria. November 2013.

99.  Urban agriculture. Annual meeting, Indian Institute of Architecture, Chennai, India, December, 2013

100. City Farms for City Dwellers, Bard College. March, 2014

101. The Vertical Farm. Alberta Association of Architects. May, 2014

102. The vertical farm as a research tool for agriculture schools. University of 

        Nottingham, England, September, 2014.

103. TEDx Medicine. Columbia University Medical School. Parasites and Plowshares. Sept. 27, 2014

104. City Farms for City Dwellers. Fairleigh Dickinson University. April, 2014

105. Feeding the Future: Shrinking Resources, Growing Population and a Warming

        Planet.U. Florida Law School, Gainsville, Florida. April, 2014 

106. City Farms for City Dwellers. Alberta Association of Architects. Banff, Alberta. April, 2014

107. City Farms for City Dwellers. Summer Public Health Scholars Program. Columbia University. June 12, 2014

108. City Farms for City Dwellers – Austria Innovation Forum, Vienna, 2014

109. City Farms for City Dwellers, Design Futures Council, Deer Valley, Utah 2014

110. Creating the eco-city, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2014

111. Armstrong State University, City Farms for City Dwellers. March 3, 2015

112. Selby Gardens Annual Donors Dinner Lecture: City Farms for City Dwellers. May 5, 2015

113. Selby Gardens Public Lecture. The Vertical Farm Concept. May 6, 2015

114. Nomura Financial Conference, Singapore. Investing in Vertical Farms. June 3, 2015

115. The Vertical Farm. Lecture to University of Copenhagen School of Business. November 14-15, 2015.

116. “Re-inventing Paris” outside expert judge by invitation from the city of Paris. January 13-17, 2016

117. United Nations panel: The Future of Everything. Jeannette Strong, moderator. Oct. 15, 2017

118.Wall Street Journal. Food and Technology meeting. Park Hyatt Hotel. Interview with Ed Harwood. Oct 14, 2017

119. U. Pennsylvania. School of Design. Judge. 2ndyr. architect students. Scott   Oct. 18, 2017

120. Skyberries. Vienna, Austria. Feb. 28 –Mar. 2, 2018. Living in the autonomous city.   


Exit Art – Urban agriculture – 2009

Cooper-Hewitt Museum – Why Design Now? May, 2010

Guggenheim Museum Forum – 2010


  1.1978 - “Trout Stream Ecology” team-taught with Pete Jacques, Warren Prell, and Steven Tiffinger. Midland Park High school Adult Education Program.

  2.1978 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited.

  3.1981 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited 

  4.1982 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  5.1983 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  6.1988 - “New Horizons” - Lecture East Jersey Trout Unlimited

  7.“Trout Stream Ecology” annual lecture to Fly Fishing School, East Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. 1989-Present.

  8.“We All Live Downstream”. Special symposium sponsored by East Jersey Trout Unlimited. New Jersey Meadowlands Development and education Center, Carlisle, New Jersey.  Weekend of Sept. 14-16, 1991. 

  9.“Non-point Source Pollution on Non-federal Lands”. Annual National Meeting of Trout Unlimited. Hershey, Pennsylvania.  1992.

10.“What lives under the rocks in the river”? Third Grade classes at The Roscoe Central School, Roscoe, New York. May 10, 1993.

11.“Why We Should Value Trout”. Two lectures for Sixth and Seventh Grade Assembly, Hillside, Queens middle School. 1993.

12.Overview of Ecology. Eighth Grade Biology Class, Hillside, Queens Middle School. 1993. 

13.Trout Stream Ecology. Friends of Fishes course to gifted High School students. The American Museum of Natural History, New York. 1993.

14.Career Day. Public School 128 in Manhattan. Mr. Stewart Cohen, Sixth Grade. 1994.

15.Polar Biomes. St. Andrews Academy, Brooklyn. Ms. Sarah Anderson, Eighth Grade. 1994. 

16.Alberta, the Last (?) Frontier. Central Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. 1994.

17.“Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, Central Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. March, 1995.

18.“A Celebration of Trout”, a night of music, poetry, and literature devoted to celebrating the habitat of trout.  Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University. March 15, 1995. 

19.“Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, Ray Bergman Chapter Trout Unlimited. April, 1995. 

20.“Trees And Trout, A Natural Combination” - Lecture, East Jersey Chapter Trout Unlimited. April, 1995. 

21.“What Lives Under The Rocks In The River”? - Lecture and demonstration, Grade 3, Roscoe Central School. April, 1995.

22.Arbor Day Tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3.  April 25th, 1995. 60 saplings of various hardwood trees planted.

23.Arbor Day tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 26th, 1996. 20 Norway maple trees (10’ tall) planted.  

24.Arbor Day Tree Planting, Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 25th, 1997. 43 hardwood trees planted. 

25.Livingston Manor School, Grade 3. April 24th, 1997. “What Lives Under the Rocks in the Stream”? The Lorax reading. 

26.Roscoe Central School, Grade 3. April 25th, 1997. “What Lives Under the Rocks in the Stream”? 

27.“Trout and Trees, and Natural Combination”, Feb. 1997. Friends of the Rockaway River. 

28.“Trout and Trees, a Natural Combination”. March, 1997. North Jersey Trout Unlimited. 

29.“Planting trees along a river as a focal point for environmental education to grade school-aged children”.  Annual meeting of NABS in Prince Edward Island, Canada. June, 1998.

30.Annual tree planting on Roscoe and Livingston Manor school grounds. Arbor Day (April 26), 1998. 

31.Arbor Day tree planting: Roscoe Central School. 28 sapling sycamore trees. Each child in the third grade took home a tree to plant near a river. 

April 30, 1999.

32.Stream walk for Roscoe Central School and Livingston Manor Central School. April 29th, 1999. 

33. “Stream Ecology Lecture” CFFCM, May 8th, 1999 “Where does your water come from”? 5th

         Grade, P.S. 81, Riverdale, New York, May 11, 1999. 

34. “What is a watershed”? Story Telling Room, 5thand 6thGrades, Norman S. Weir School,

       Paterson, New Jersey, May 11th, 1999. 

35. “Environment Day” co-sponsored by East Jersey Trout Unlimited and Ramapo College. 1999

36. Parasitology Up-date. Plaza Hotel, NYC August, 1999. Columbia-Harvard faculty. Medicine Review

37.What Good Is A Tree?. East Jersey TU. 2000

38. The Man Who Planted Trees. Ray Bergman Chapter, TU, 2000

39. Arbor Day 2000. Tree planting, Roscoe, NY

40. Parasitology Up-date. Plaza Hotel, NYC. August, 2000. Columbia-Harvard faculty. Medicine Review. 

41.West Nile virus. City As School. May 11, 2001

42.West Nile virus. Wingate High School. May 18, 2001

43.The Ecology of Trout Streams – May 25, 2001. Annual teachers meeting of “Trout in the

     Class Room.” New Paltz, New York

44. Angler’s Club of New York April 5, 2005. The West Is On Fire.

46. Songs of the River. The Angler’s Club of New York. February, 2007.

47. Songs of the River. Boston Anglers. March, 2007.

45. New Zealand Trout Adventure. East Jersey Trout Unlimited. September, 2007.

46. New Zealand: trout fishing adventure. Cabin Fever Day. Ramsey Outdoor Store, Paramus,

      New Jersey. February 16th, 2008.

47. Collegiate School, NYC. Vertical Farm Project. April, 2008

48. LaGuardia High School, NYC., Vertical Farm Project. May, 2008

49. Brereley School. NYC. The Vertical Farm. Feb. 2010


1.“Parasitic Diseases”. Required course to the second year medical students. Since 1971 to 2009.

2. “Ecology 101” (We All Live Downstream). Offered university-wide to all qualified graduate students. 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

3.     “Advanced Microbiology”. Required for all first year graduate students in the Department of Microbiology. 1992- 1998.

4. Environmental Sciences core course. Team-taught. Four lectures: 

Introduction; Water; Energy; Land Use. 1993-1998 

Globalization of Infectious Diseases, 1993-present.

5. “Medical Ecology” section of first year medical school course. Three lectures: Atmosphere, ozone depletion and skin cancer; Food and Disease; Water and Disease; Cases.1996-1998.

6. Annual guest lecturer at New York University Medical School “Tissue Nematodes”. 1978-1998

7. Annual guest lecturer, Cornell University Medical School. “Trichinella spiralis” 1978-1999. 1999- “Introduction to Eukaryotic Parasites” 

8. Medical Ecology. Spring, 1999 through 2010

9. Medical Ecology. Spring. 1999. Fairleigh Dickinson University

10. Topics. Cholera: Then and Now. Fall, 2000

11. Ecology for Designers. Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. 2012 - present


This Week In Virology (TWiV)– co-hosted with Vincent Racaniello. Since 2008

This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) – co-hosted with Vincent Racaniello. Since 2009

Urban Agriculture – co-hosted with Vincent Racaniello. Since 2014

Science Advisor: Monsters Inside Me. Discovery Channel show about clinical infectious disease cases. 2012 - present

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