- Current disciplinary research interests
I am currently working on building a series of Economic Botany Gardens for Furman University. This past summer (2011) I started the Fiber/Dye Garden. This garden contains plants used for fiber production (flax and cotton) as well as a number of plants we use for dyeing in BIO-401: Applied Plant Science and BIO-150: Live and Let Dye May Experience. I am proposing expansion of the garden to include herbal medicines.
- Interest in connecting sustainability to research
I have already been discussing the use of the gardens with several history professors who are interested in showing their students cotton and indigo, two plants that were important in South Carolina during the slave period. Several other professors have shown interest in plants used in herbal medicine.
- Sustainability courses taught
- BIO-111: Foundations of Biology
- BIO-150: Live and Let Dye,
Ethnobotany travel study class
- BIO-401: Applied Plant Science