Ann Brown (Pollinators)
Ann is a retired librarian and a volunteer for the Tennessee Aquarium and Reflection Riding. She is a member of Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club; Master Gardeners of Hamilton County; Tennessee Ornithological Society; Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones; and the North American Butterfly Association. Ann’s garden on Lookout Mountain is a certified Wildlife Habitat as well as a certified NABA Butterfly Garden and Monarch Waystation. She helps maintain three “Native Pollinator Gardens” one on Lookout Mountain, one at Reflection Riding and one at John Wilson Park, 2010 Cummings Highway in Chattanooga. She advocates for “Pesticide-Free” yards and communities and the planting of “Native Pollinator Gardens.”
Richard Clements (Form & Function I & II)
Dr. Clements is a Professor at Chattanooga State Community College and is the lead instructor for Environmental Science courses. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University, a M.S. in Plant Taxonomy from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from the University of Kentucky. In 2016, Dr. Clements was awarded Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) Science Educator of the Year for Higher Education for leadership roles in promoting science and outstanding contributions to science education that positively impact the community.
John Evans (Native Plant Propagation)
John Evans is a botanist and plant ecologist with passion for the conservation of plant species within their native ranges. He holds a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where his research specialized in the flora of the southeastern United States. John is the Arboretum Curator and Greenhouse and Horticultural Manager at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he combines his botanical expertise with his life-long love of gardening.
Jon Evans (Native Plant Communities)
Dr. Jon Evans is a Professor of Biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. His research in plant ecology focuses on plant population dynamics and the processes that determine the composition and structure of plant communities over time and across landscapes. He is specifically interested in the role of clonal growth as a mechanism for population persistence in plant communities. He also studies land-use history and exotic species introductions as drivers of long-term change in forest communities. Much of his research is conducted within ecosystems of the southern United States, concentrated on the southern Cumberland Plateau and on the coastal barrier islands.
He also leads University efforts to promote sustainability and landscape–level conservation across the Cumberland Plateau region. As founding Director of Sewanee’s Landscape Analysis Laboratory, he led a federally funded, multi-disciplinary project that used GIS and remote sensing to examine the environmental consequences of native hardwood conversion to pine plantations on the Cumberland Plateau. This research led to fundamental changes in land-use decision-making within the region and helped to catalyze major conservation initiatives.
He has been a faculty member at Sewanee since 1994 and teaches courses in ecology, botany and conservation biology. He also directs the Sewanee Herbarium, which maintains an extensive vascular plant collection for the University’s 13,000 acre campus and surrounding region.
Christine Bock Hunt (Gardening for Butterflies and Birds)
Christine Bock Hunt is Lead Horticulturist for the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She maintains plants in many of the exhibits with help from Horticulture volunteers. She has a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree from UTC. Christine has been a certified arborist to best understand trees. She leads wildflower walks at Desoto State Park as well as for the Tennessee Aquarium. As a naturalist, she shares her knowledge of wildflowers, trees, uses of plants and medicinal properties. Recently, she has been helping school groups set up Pollinator gardens and growing out flowers for butterflies. She also tags monarchs in fall on their journey south. She enjoys sharing information about nature and flowers for gardens!
John Manion (Native Summer Flora of Forest and Fields)
Though born in Georgia, John spent his youth growing up in rural upstate NY. He has lived in many places in the U.S. and abroad and after working in several careers (the longest as an emergency/trauma nurse) he realized his true passion was for plants. After earning an undergraduate degree in plant science at SUNY Cobleskill, he was awarded a fellowship to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Garden Leadership at Cornell University. He has interned and worked at several botanical gardens and arboreta, including the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. After working as Historic Gardens Curator at the Atlanta History Center, he assumed his present position as Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama, where he has been for five years. Nearly six years ago John began a Certificate in Native Plant Studies program that has been immensely successful.
Wyn Miller (Soil & Water, Rain Gardens)
Wyn Miller is a Landscape Architect for the City of Chattanooga. In her previous role as Water Quality Specialist, she developed policy and guidelines for vegetated green infrastructure practices, taught homeowners about sustainable landscaping practices, and designed and implemented rain gardens. She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture, Water Resources, from the University of Tennessee.
Mary Priestley (Nature Journaling, Form & Function I & II)
Mary is the Sewanee Herbarium Curator and a nature journalist. She is editor and illustrator of the Friends of the Herbarium’s newsletter, The Sewanee Plant Press. Active in the Tennessee Native Plant Society, she has served as the society’s president and assisted in writing and editing the TNPS field guide, Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians. In 2011 she authored William’s Wildflowers, a guide to wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians. In 2014, she published Fiery Gizzard: Voices From the Wilderness. Mary has been nature journaling for 15 years and has conducted several nature journaling workshops, including for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Holli Richey (Native Edible and Medicinal Plants)
Holli Richey is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a psychotherapist practicing in Chattanooga, TN. She studied pathophysiology, biomedicine and the therapeutic use of medicinal herbs at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute), graduating with a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine. A growing body of research and Holli’s own observations have shown how emotional patterns have a powerful impact on health and illness, which led Holli to study at the University of Georgia as a Clinical Social Worker to develop an ecological therapy of the whole person, mind-body-spirit, which utilizes herbs, psychotherapy and stress management/mindfulness practices to help people find insight into and relief from their anxiety, depression, chronic illness and pain. Holli has taught classes in herbal medicine and mind-body social work around the eastern U.S. Holli lives in Chattanooga, TN where she provides herbal wellness consultations and therapy.
Joey Shaw (Ferns & Mosses)
Joey Shaw, Ph.D., is a University Foundation Professor of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science at UTC. He is a member of the UTC Council of Scholars, President of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, and Chair of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Committee. Joey earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the former Botany Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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