I have a strong knowledge of plant biology as well as general biology. I was a teaching assistant in college and led students in undergraduate biology classes as well as in graduate-level botany. I enjoy working one-on-one with students to determine the best possible way for them to learn the material needed. Sometimes students learn best with quizzes/homework, while other learn from hands-on examples. In my free time, I enjoy bird-watching and leading nature hikes through local forest preser... [more]
Botany is the study of plants and their life cycles. Areas of study include photosynthesis, growth habits, plant relationships within ecosystems, and plant metabolism. Study also includes cell structure and organ systems. Secondary plant metabolism is included at a higher level of study and includes biochemistry and the ability of the plant to use chemicals for defense, pollination/reproduction, and growth regulation. I received my Master's Degree in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois. My studies focused on the medicinal biochemicals produced by plants, and my thesis involved the antioxidant/anticancer benefits of cranberries. Additional study included plant anatomy, plant evolution, and taxonomy. I have independently studied plants in their native ecosystems, focusing on the Midwest prairies and woodlands.