Mark McKone

Mark McKoneDepartment of Biology
Carleton College
1 North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Office: Hulings 332
Phone: 507-222-4393
Fax: 507-222-5757

Teaching Interests

Courses currently taught at Carleton include Population Ecology, Evolution, Tropical Rainforest Ecology, Plant Taxonomy, and Introductory Biology.

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology, particularly of plant/insect interactions. Grasslands ecology, in Minnesota tallgrass prairie and in New Zealand alpine grassland. Pollination biology and sexual allocation strategies of angiosperms.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments

  • 1999 - present: Professor of Biology, Carleton College.
  • 2007 - present: Research Supervisor of Cowling Arboretum
  • 1993-1999: Associate Professor of Biology, Carleton College.
  • 1991-2007: Director of Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie, Carleton College.
  • 1987-1993: Assistant Professor of Biology, Carleton College.
  • 1985-87: postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. David Lloyd, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.


  • 1985: Ph.D. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Thesis title: "Gender in hermaphrodites: intraspecific variation in some wind-pollinated plants and the effect of breeding system." Minor in Botany.
  • 1980: M.S. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Thesis title: "The effect of nutrients on competition among old field plants." Minor in Statistics.
  • 1976: B.S.S. from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Majors in Biology and Mathematics. Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.