I earned two
Bachelor of Science Degrees from California State Polytechnic University
in Pomona. After receiving the first one in Biological
Sciences in 1975, I went to work for a podiatrist. However, I soon
discovered that I really wanted to spend more time outside. Also,
I knew from the time I was very young that I wanted to study plants, and
being a podiatrist's assistant did not leave much time to do this, so I
went back to school and two quarters later earned the second B.S. degree
in Botany. I returned to Cal Poly a few years later and earned my
Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. After teaching
part-time at community colleges for six years, I enrolled in the Ph.D.
program in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of
California at Riverside. I completed all of the course work, and I
passed the written exams in 1992. By this time I had received an
Natural Reserve System grant for a dissertation project, which involved
studying the effects of introduced weeds on some native annual plant
species at the UC Motte-Rimrock Reserve. In 1992 I landed a
full-time position at VVC, and I soon realized what a tremendous amount
of work and time it took to prepare for VVC classes and do a good job.
I did not have enough time to devote to the job, my children, and my
dissertation, so I eventually terminated the project and my Ph.D.
program. I would like to finish my Ph.D. some day, but it may have
to wait quite a while.
laboratory sections for general biology, botany, and microbiology all
through graduate school. I have been teaching at VVC as a
full-time instructor since 1992, and I am now a full professor. I
also served as the Biology Department Chair for several years. I
mostly teach microbiology and biology majors' courses, and I occasionally
teach botany, ecology and genetics. Nearly every year I organize
and teach natural history courses in tropical countries, including Costa
Rica and Belize. Last year I participated in a trip (not sponsored
by VVC) to Malaysia arranged by Dr. Hinrich Kaiser. This June the
VVC class is going to Peru. We still have room for a few more students, so
contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.