I have had the privilege of serving as Chairperson of the Department of Biology for much of my career at Slippery Rock University and in that capacity direct the affairs of the department. For the past several years I have been involved in the teaching of botany as part of our sophomore-course sequence, as well as biometry which is a required course for some students or a required elective for others. Far less frequently am I involved in teaching one of the courses listed below. As a broadly trained plant systematist-ecologist my research includes the study of seed ecology, resource-allocation patterns, and plant classification. Since life is not all about work, I do enjoy spending time in arctic-alpine environments, participating in nature photography, jet skiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing (catch & release), cross-country skiing, hiking, crafting furniture, and home renovation.