Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Announcement for Oct 3 Botanic Garden Walk

Sue will tell us how to identify native mosses, ferns, and lichens growing in the garden by their vegetative and reproductive characteristics. Come enjoy these little mysterious plants and the old growth forest!
All ages are welcome.

Attendees should wear hiking footwear, preferably waterproof.

The WVBG is located on Tyrone Road between
Snake Hill Road and Route 7.
The entrance gate will be open to allow parking at the lower parking lot.

For more information about your Sue Studlar who will lead this walk read on.

Dr. Sue Moyle Studlar has taught botany for over 30 years. For the past 15 years she has taught Plant Diversity, Plant Geography, and Plant Anatomy at West Virginia University as a Visiting Associate Professor. She has led many public moss walks, most recently for the West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage. The walk may also consider human uses of mosses: traditional, current, and future.

Dr. Studlar graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a B.A. in Biology, and was inspired to specialize in mosses by a field botany course in the North Woods. She earned a Ph.D. in botany at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where she studied bryophytes under Aaron J. Sharp. Dr. Studlar has spent most of her professional career in or near the Appalachians. Her first job was at Wellesley College in Massachusetts where she taught Basic Horticulture and Plant Biology. At Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) she became an Associate Professor of Biology and maintained an active research program at the University of Virginia's Mountain Lake Biological Station. Her research projects (and publications) at Mountain Lake included studies of : host specificity of epiphytic bryophytes, bryophytes in bird nests, bryophytes and slime molds, and trampling effects on bryophytes. She also studied the bryophytes of the New River Gorge of Kentucky and compiled a checklist of Kentucky bryophytes. While at Centre, Dr. Studlar switched to Adjunct status to meet the challenges of raising two boys; since then, she has also held Visiting positions at Oklahoma State University and West Virginia University.

In West Virginia Dr. Studlar's collaborative projects have included: effects of stream acidification on bryophytes, a checklist of West Virginia bryophytes, and moss harvest in West Virginia (the stripping of forest mosses from logs and rocks for use in arts and crafts). She and Elizabeth Byers reported the re-discovery (by E.B.) of dung moss (Splachnum ampullaceum) in West Virginia. Also (with two WVU engineering students) she reported on the survival of peat mosses (Sphagnum) launched into the stratosphere by two WVU engineering students. Dr. Studlar curates bryophytes at the WVU Herbarium, and has helped develop a Plant Conservatory (Teaching Collection) and Native Wildflower Garden for the Department of Biology.

Dr. Studlar lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband Don. She enjoys hiking, nature photography, and gardening. Her extensive summer travels have included visits to their fledged, adventurous sons in Vermont, El Salvador, and Japan. She has also studied plants abroad, including in Australia (as a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University) and Saskatchewan (as a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Regina).

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