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researcher , biological sciences educator

Rolf Wilhelm Benseler, American biological sciences educator, researcher.


Benseler, Rolf Wilhelm was born on September 24, 1932 in San Jose, California, United States. Son of Wilhelm August and Ella Karoline (Vaeth) Benseler.


Student, San Jose State College, 1953. Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University California, Berkeley, 1957. MF in Forest Ecology and Silviculture, Yale University, 1958.

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany, University California, Berkeley, 1968.


Junior specialist University California Agricultural Experiment Station, 1958-1961. Instructor San Francisco City College, spring 1961, Modesto (California) Junior College, 1961-1963. Acting instructor University California, Berkeley, 1966-1967.

Lecturer San Jose (California) State University, 1967-1968. Assistant professor California State University, Hayward, 1968-1970, associate professor, 1970-1975, professor, since 1975, chairman department biological science, 1986-1989, associate coordinator liberal studies program, since 1985.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


With United States Naval Reserve, 1951-1959. Member California Academy of Sciences, California Native Plant Society (board directors 1968-1972), California Botanical Society (correspondent secretary 1973-1975, 1st vice president 1983-1984, president 1984-1985, ex officio, executive council 1985-1986), Botanical Society of America (conservation committee 1979-1981), Friends of Jepson Herbarium.


Married Donna Alyce Kirk, December 16, 1961. Children: William Paul, Mark Christian.

Wilhelm August Benseler

Ella Karoline (Vaeth) Benseler

Donna Alyce Kirk

William Paul Benseler

Mark Christian Benseler