The world has a dazzling array of living organisms (biodiversity), and yet the loss of biodiversity today (the outcome of human activities) is one of the greatest travesties of our time.
I cherish life in its bewildering variety. I love field work (the more pristine the environment, the better), reading about biodiversity, and I enjoy learning about how forces, such as disturbances and species interactions, shape natural communities.
By training I’m a plant ecologist (Ph.D., North Carolina State University, examined the effects of pine straw raking on plant diversity) with an interest in floristics (M.S., Vanderbilt University).
My research interests, however, go beyond plants. Lately I have dabbled in population work involving ants --- specifically the notorious red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). I’ve been blessed with opportunities to direct student research, and I will continue to seek out highly motivated, hard working students. Student research/internships have included the state endangered woody goldenrod (Chrysoma pauciflosculosa), vegetation of Carolina bays, and the red imported fire ant.
Since joining the faculty in 1997, I have established (with the aid of student workers) the UNC Pembroke Herbarium (~4500 plant vouchers), which continues to expand, thanks in measure to student collections. I have taught a number of undergraduate courses, but my interests are most akin to Conservation Biology, Principles of Ecology, and Plant Systematics. I truly hope I'm successful in the classroom, in bringing to light the beauty and complexity of life and of the role of science in understanding nature.
Please visit the links on the left to learn more about her professional interests and activities.
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