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Department: Math and Natural Sciences Division
Dept. Phone: (731) 425-2645
B.S, Union University; M.S., Tennessee Technological University
I've been at JSCC since Aug. 2005, and teach General Biology I & II and Human Anatomy and Physiology I. As a faculty member I advise students going into natural science and medical fields. Prior to JSCC I received my Master of Science in Biology from Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, TN) in 1999 and my Bachelor of Science from Union University (Jackson, TN) in 1995. I received training in Plant Taxonomy / Field Botany while at TTU. After graduating from TTU I worked for the TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage as the Natural Heritage Botanist. My curiosities and research interests include the study of Tennessee's Flora, and the flora of the SE U.S., and distributions and ecology of rare and endangered species. I enjoy leading ecological and wildflower hikes, and enjoy good music. I also coach my kids' soccer teams, and assist with baseball and basketball teams.
A few websites that I find regularly helpful in my professional life:
University of Tennessee Herbarium (TN county distributions for plants w/ photos)
BONAP (Biota of North America Program)
SERNEC (Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collection)(search regional herbaria for specimen data)
Missouri Flora (nice site for photos and other information)
Alabama Plants (nice site for photos and other information)
Technical references/Taxonomic keys, etc.
Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States (download an excellent treatment for keying out Southeastern state's rich plant diversity)
Flora of North America (Many volumes w/ treatments are available online)