Dickson Despommier

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Dickson Despommier at Pop!Tech 2008

Dickson D. Despommier (born June 5, 1940[1]) is a microbiologist, ecologist and Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He conducts research on intracellular parasitism and teaches courses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology. In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on vertical farming.[2][3] He developed his concept of vertical farming with graduate students in a medical ecology class in 1999, with work continued by Ontarian eco-architects like Gordon Graff [4][5] from the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture.

Despommier is also co-host of two popular podcasts along with Vincent Racaniello, namely TWIV (This Week in Virology) and TWIP (This Week in Parasitism).


Dickson Despommier (2010). The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century. ISBN 978-0-312-61139-2.  West Nile Story. Apple Trees Productions, LLC. 2000 ISBN 978-0-9700027-2-6 (Kindle version, only); Parasitic Diseases 5th ed. 2005. Apple Trees Productions, LLC Despommier, DD., Gwadz, R.G., Hotez, PJ., Knirsch, C.A. ISBN 0-9700027-7-7 (out of print); People, Parasites, and Plowshares. Columbia University Press, 2013 ISBN 978-0-231-16194-7


  1. ^ http://www.eoearth.org/profile/Dickson.despommier
  2. ^ Venkataraman, B. (July 15, 2008). Country, the City Version: Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest. New York Times.[dead link]
  3. ^ Walsh, B. (December 11, 2008). Vertical Farming. Time magazine.
  4. ^ Whyte, Murray (2008-07-27). "Is high rise farming in Toronto's future?". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Sky Farm Proposed for Downtown Toronto". TreeHugger. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 

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