DR. ROBERT C. MORROW'S
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.
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.