The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327, on Tuesday February 17th at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Sunshine Brosi, Frostburg State University Biology Department. Her presentation titled “The Brief Blooms of Alaska: Iñupiat Above the Arctic Circle” will begin immediately following a brief chapter meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
Last summer Sunshine Brosi taught a field based ‘Introduction to Ethnobotany’ course through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Chukchi College. The two week course took place on a fish camp outside of Kotzebue, Alaska, thirty miles north of the Arctic Circle. Dr. Brosi will describe the flora of the tundra above the Chukchi Sea and along the Noatak River, the largest undisturbed watershed in North America. Dr. Brosi will share stories from Iñupiat Elders and the inclusion of plants into traditional meals and medicine.
Sunshine Brosi, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Frostburg State University where she has worked since 2007. Sunshine coordinates the Wildlife and Fisheries, Interpretive Biology and Natural History, and the Ethnobotany Majors. She teaches forestry and botany courses and researches tree species at risk due to exotic pests and pathogens and conservation of non-timber forest products. Sunshine is from Berea, KY and has a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College, a MS in Forestry from the University of KY, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of TN. Sunshine lives in Garrett County with her husband and two children.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.