Hello and welcome!  I am a botanist with 25+ years experience in a wide array of botanical jobs and research — in AR, 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. 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, e.g., check out the Arkansas Native Plant Society 2022 Basics of Botany Series with Dr. Richard Abbott (Saturdays, 6 pm). Part 1: Plant Identification Terminology, 2 Apr; Part 2: Plant Reproductive Terminology, 21 May; Part 3: The Basics Behind a Name, 18 Jun, or see below for other online presentations, most of which focus on how to organize information to facilitate plant identification. I also taught a plant ID workshop (for professional biologists, land managers, & amateur enthusiasts) in southern Alabama at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Back in 2017 & 2018, I made my last trips (so far) out of the US, when I spent 2 weeks in Tunja, Colombia as an invited keynote speaker and lecturer (charla magistral), 9th Colombian Botanical Congress; I spent 7 weeks in Myanmar (first time botanizing in Asia!!) as an invited lecturer and researcher for plant identification courses and fieldwork; and I co-taught a 2 week Plant Systematics course in conjunction with the 12th Latin American Botanical Congress in Ecuador… Now I largely content myself outside the classroom by giving plant talks to any & all interested groups and getting out on nature hikes as I can…

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