My abiding passion is plant science, particularly plant science education.

I pursued a traditional academic path (BS in Biochemistry at Berkeley, PhD in Plant Molecular Biology at Rockefeller, Postdoc in Plant Science at Berkeley); my research focused on transcriptional regulation, root development and phosphoinositide signaling. I spent 14 years at a liberal arts college / primarily undergraduate institution (Harvey Mudd College), rising to the rank of Full Professor.

After climbing that mountain, I decided to climb another.

I decided that the best way for me to support plant science education was to step out of the classroom and start helping others to teach more effectively, and to help create an online, international, collaborative community of educators who can share and learn from each other. Towards that end, I accepted the position of Features Editor of Teaching Tools in Plant Biology.

Plantae provides another opportunity for community building.  I am a Community Manager and I hope to find ways to facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources and tips. I also am very active on social media and Tweet as @PlantTeaching.

Here's a summary of what we have accomplished with Teaching Tools so far and our thoughts about global commuity-building. 

Here's an interview where I share my thoughts on social media (Global Plant Council)

Here's an interview where I share my thoughts on teaching (SEB) (seems to be missing - here is a different but related article) 

Here's a profile where I talk about using classic texts for teaching (Biodiversity Heritage Library)

I have three children (one a teacher, one studying sports science, one who wants to be a scientist) and can share my thoughts on surviving parenting while careering....

My husband is an artist who donates a lot of images to Teaching Tools and other plant science education efforts.

I have traveled and lived all over the world but chose to settle down in the nicest place of all, western Scotland

Research Areas:
Education and Outreach


Teaching Tools in Plant Biology series

Digital teaching tools and global learning communities 

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How To Be a *Plant
The Plant Cell: Teaching Tools in Plant Biology 2013-06-16

DOI: doi:10.1105/tpc.113.tt0713

Mutations in the Arabidopsis Phosphoinositide Phosphatase Gene SAC9 Lead to Overaccumulation of PtdIns(4,5)P2 and Constitutive Expression of the Stress-Response Pathway 

Plant Physiology 2005


Sequences flanking the hexameric G-box core CACGTG affect the specificity of protein binding.
The Plant Cell 1992


And others...

Volunteer Activities

Careers, teaching and writing workshops for PhD students and postdocs

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education

Plantae Fellow

Member of the Plantae Fellows program