Coordinator, American-Iranian Botanical Program
Dr. Tahbaz, after receiving a degree in Biology from the University of Tehran, worked as an instructor for the Botany Department at the University of Tehran, College of Agriculture.
After obtaining two advanced science diplomas and her PhD from the University of Paris, Faculty of Sciences "Sorbonne," she returned to Iran where she continued to teach as an Assistant Professor, and conduct research in plant physiology, taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and weed biology at the University of Tehran. Six years later, she was promoted to Associate Professor.
In 1971 she continued her research with a Postdoctoral fellowship at the
University of Wisconsin in Professor Folke Skoog's lab. After she returned to
Iran in 1977 she was promoted to full professor in the College of Agriculture
at the University of Tehran, becoming the first woman and youngest person to
achieve full professorship in the history of the College. During this time she
also conducted research on the genus Allium at the University of
Paris. In 1979, she continued her research at the University of California,
Dr. Fosiee Tahbaz was the Manager of Vascular Plants Collections at the University and Jepson Herbaria. In addition to her curatorial duties, she has had the primary responsibility for the initiation and establishment of scientific relationships with Iran.
In summer 1998, she proposed to Iranian authorities that the University and Jepson Herbaria and Iran's universities should collaborate in studying the rich flora of Iran with an emphasis on the biogeographic similarities of Iran and the western US. A trip to Iran in May 1999 with Dr. Barbara Ertter was the result of this effort.
In the spring of 2002, a collaborative botanical trip involving the College of Agriculture of the University of Tehran and the Herbaria was funded by National Geographic Society. The trip was undertaken in autumn of 2002.
In 2004, botanists from seven different American universities visited several Iranian universities and collaborated on botanical collecting trips throughout the beautiful country of Iran.
Dr. Tahbaz has pursued her research interest in Paeoniaceae and the genus Dodecatheon, determining the range of Paeonia in California, and investigating chloroplast DNA sequences of Dodecatheon.
She has also served as a reviewer for Intermountain Flora treatments.
In 2005 Dr. Tahbaz retired after 20 years of service as a Senior Museum
Scientist at the University and Jepson Herbaria. She continues to be active as
the coordinator of the American-Iranian
Botanical Program and as the Curator of Middle Eastern Flora.
Dr. Tahbaz is actively seeking funding to expand the program between American and Iranian botanists and to encourage the interaction between the botanical communities of both nations.
This page last updated August 25, 2011