Academics at Prescott College
William J. Litzinger, B.A. (Botany) 1974 San Jose State University, San Jose California; M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees (Biological sciences) University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
William is a botanist and evolutionary ecologist with a specialization in plant-human interactions and relationships. From 1992 to 2013, he taught in the Environmental Studies Program at Prescott College. In 2013 William retired from full time teaching and was appointed Emeritus Faculty. William maintains his association with Prescott College, teaching occasional courses, mentoring independent study courses for undergraduates and participating on graduate student committees. He is a research associate with the College’s Natural History Institute.
B.A. (Botany) 1974 San Jose State University, San Jose California; M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees (Biological sciences) University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
William continues to be engaged in botanical research focusing on the population biology, ecology and systematics of plants that have had a long history of interaction with humans. Some of William’s recent work includes ongoing fieldwork on the biology the Pale Wolfberry, Lycium pallidum ssp. pallidum and a study of the phenology, reproductive behavior, ecotype variation of Lemon Berry, Rhus aromatic var. trilobata, Outside of the Southwest, William’s main interest is the ethnoflora of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. He is currently involved in the Ancient Roads-New Destinations Project investigating managed landscapes of the ancient Maya, completing a project cataloging Catalog of Yucateca Maya Bird Names, and completing a manuscript, Ethnobiota Maya Prehistorica; Interpreting Embedded Ecological Knowledge of Plant and Animal Imagery in Ancient Maya Art and Iconograph y.based reaearch he conducted with Dr. Robert Bruce (now deceased) of the Institute of LInguistics, Mueso Nacional Anthropologia de Mexico.
- Solanaceae. In: K. Heil and L. M. Reeves (eds.) Flora of the San Juan Drainage. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, Mo.
- Maya 'tan: Spoken Maya. Revised Edition. Euroediciones. México, D.F., México
- A Personal Perspective on the Ethnobotany of Old-Growth Piñon-Juniper Woodlands. In Lisa Floyd-Hanna (Ed.) Ancient Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: A Natural History of Mesa Verde Country. University Press of
1983 - The Ethnobiology of Alcoholic Beverage Production by the Lacandon, Tarahumara, and other Mesoamerican Peoples. Ph.D. Dissertation, U. of Colorado, University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1981 - Ceramic evidence for prehistoric Datura use in North America. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 4(1) 57-74.
Litzinger, W.J. and Warner Wise. 2015. Ancient Roads-New Destinations: Sacbé Yaxuná-Cobá, Presentation for the Yavapai Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Prescott Az. October, 2015.