From 2010-2016, I served as the Professor of Botany at College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. In August 2017, I joined the Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA) as an Associate Professor in Plant Biology. My primary research interest is in understanding the role extreme edaphic (soil) conditions play in generating and maintaining plant diversity. I have taught a range of botany courses over my 15 years of teaching at the undergraduate level, including Introductory Plant Biology, Edible Botany, Ethnobotany, Trees and Shrubs of Mount Desert Island, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Systematics, and Plant Evolutionary Processes, and other biology courses such as Form and Function and Biogeography. More