John L. Gallagher

Professor of Marine Biology and Biochemistry
Co-Director, Halophyte Biotechnology Center

University of Delaware

College of College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
700 Pilottown Rd.
Lewes, DE 19958

Phone: (302) 645-4264
Fax: (302) 645-4028

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, 1971
    M.S., Agronomy, University of Delaware, 1959
    B.S., Agriculture, University of Delaware, 1957

Research Overview:

Dr. Gallagher’s research interests are concentrated on plants growing in saline wetlands. His interests are focused on understanding the biology of the plants and their ecological interactions within and between ecosystems. Fundamental work includes the study of mechanisms of salt tolerance in halophytes, genetic variation, tissue culture and plant regeneration, competition between communities, productivity, decomposition, and food webs.

Results of this research are applied to problems involving wetlands restoration, halophyte agronomy and wastewater treatment.

After graduating from the University of California in 1973, Dr. Gaffney spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge in England.