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Environmental Physiology
Dr. Robert C. Morrow has over 18 years of experience with environmental physiology of crop plants in enclosed environments, biomass production for bioregenerative life support systems, and the development of environmental control subsystems for plant growth, including nutrient delivery, humidity control, and lighting subsystems currently being flown in space.

Principal Research Scientist
Dr. Morrow’s current activities as Principal Research Scientist at the Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) involve design, development and testing of plant growth research units for space, including the Biomass Production System and the Plant Research Unit, commercialization of environmental control systems; and development of plant growth related technologies. Currently he is Principal Investigator for the BPS technology verification experiment scheduled to fly in the Biomass Production System aboard the Space Station as part of the UF-2 mission.

Experimental Hardware
Dr. Morrow has over ten years of experience in the development of experimental hardware for space based plant growth facilities and was co-investigator and operations manager for four space shuttle middeck-locker experiments while he was at the Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics. He was responsible for safety activities, assisted with the development of experiment protocols, conducted crew training, served as the primary interface with NASA mission management teams, and provided experiment support at mission control for each of these flights.


Dr. Morrow’s education includes a BS in Botany and Environmental Biology and an MS in Botany from Eastern Illinois University. He received a Ph.D. in Horticulture and Botany in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Morrow is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science, American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Association of Biology Teachers.

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