With her fellow educators in mind, Katherine tells a story of virtual botany in the dining hall and letting students be teachers.
When we botanists in the kitchen are quiet for a little while, it usually means we are focusing all of our attention on our day jobs. Like a garden, the academic calendar has a rhythm that cannot be ignored, and from April through June, I pour most of my time and creative energy into my small seminar class, where we dig into the evolutionary and ecological connections between humans and plants across many time scales and topics. It’s a fun class and the debate is usually lively, but because the journal articles we discuss are often dense and technical, I sometimes worry that we are squelching some opportunities for joy. Continue reading