I received my B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic (1994). I returned to COA as a faculty member in botany from 2004-2008. In 2008, I joined the Faculty at the Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University in California to pursue my research on California’s plants. I re-joined COA September 2010. My primary research interest is in understanding the role extreme edaphic (soil) conditions play in generating and maintaining plant diversity. I teach Edible Botany, Ethnobotany, Trees and Shrubs of Mount Desert Island, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Evolutionary Processes, among other botany-related courses. More