I am a Professor in the joint biology department of the College of St. Benedict and Saint John’s University where I teach courses in plant physiology, plant systematics and introductory biology. I received my PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. I am one of the leaders of the St John's maple syrup operation. I have a small hobby farm where I raise an assortment of fruits, veggies and nuts (especially hazelnuts).
Extensive speaking experience in a classroom setting as well as presentations for MN Native Plant Society; Stearns County Master Gardeners, Friends of Lake Maria State Park; Central MN Audubon Society and Wild Ones
The Botany or Harry Potter, Trees & Shrubs of Central Minnesota, Maple Syrup- production, natural history, history; Maple Syrup- how to judge maple syrup, Berry Crops for Central MN Gardeners, Natural History or woodland wildflowers, Natural history of spring wildflowers, Botanical tales from central Minnesota- Abe Lincoln to Mammoths, The botany of Christmas, The botany of Halloween, The botany of Columbus Day, Edible wild plants, Poisonous wild plants, The biology of Resurrection (resurrection plants), The natural history of rocky outcrop plants (i.e. Quarry Park), Watching the grass grow- making time lapse movies of plant growth and development, Let's go nuts- growing hazelnuts, Why leaves turn color in the Autumn, Weird and wonderful flora of Australia, Virtually any other wild plant talk