Hello and welcome! I am a botanist with 25 years experience in a wide array of botanical jobs and research — in KY, IL, MO, NY, and elsewhere, such as in CA as a restoration botanist and in FL as an assistant grower in a plant nursery, a botanical research greenhouse manager, and a botanical consultant. It has been a great life, pursuing new plants and new experiences, often in academia. My research interests include floristics and phylogenetic systematics and taxonomy, especially with the Polygalaceae. There is nothing I love more than learning new plants and sharing my passion for plant identification with others.
2017 has been very crazy for me: my funding at the NY botanical garden ended so I left the Big Apple, I taught my summer field botany course at Hancock Biological Station through Murray State University in western KY, I spent 2 weeks in Tunja, Colombia, I’m leaving soon to spend 7 weeks in Myanmar (first time botanizing in Asia!!), and I’ve been wrapping up work and projects at the MO botanical garden, which will carry me into early 2018… busy, busy, busy, but so much fun, so many cool plants, so many wonderful botanical education moments (like another Bioblitz through the Academy of Science of Saint Louis, as well as plant tours with high-school and college students)… life is good! :-)r
Please keep an eye on this space as more research project and portfolio materials will be added. In the meantime, check out the resources below, or view my CV.
- Photographic Atlas of Botany and Guide to Plant Identification
- Author page with the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Press including links to treatments published for the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada
- Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants with Walter Judd and collaborators
- Selected articles through Google Scholar illustrating my diverse research interests