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My name is Jayme & I am from Talkeetna, yes, born & raised. I have been lucky to live in an area with wonderful plant & animal diversity & having a home near the Big-Su river, there were over grown sloughs & ponds to play in that were full of aquatic plants & one of my favorite things…frogs! I was also extremely lucky in that both my Grandmothers, from vastly different lower 48 regions (rural Minnesota & rural Arkansas), were plant lovers & taught me as much as they could about gardening, AK native plants, perennials, composting & how to harvest & prepare. I became a Naturalist at a young age without even knowing it was a thing!
I wanted to become a Horticulturist, but there was no major in the UA system, so I decided to major in Natural Resource Management taking the plant, animal, soil science option so I could take all the plant classes. After thoroughly enjoying every plant class I was able to get to & even creating my own interdisciplinary courses in Ethnobotany, I realized I had run out of options & decided to change majors because I simply did not want to be manage resources. I chose Human Services & after getting my Associate’s degree I then went into Social Work. For seven years I was able to find an equilibrium between my course work in winter months & botany field work in summer months & have been able to work for BLM, CEMML, the USSWCD & Alaska Botanical Garden.
Currently I am trying to finish up my BSW & have only a hand full of general requirements to get through, one just happened to be a 1 credit lab. When I found out that UAF was offering Bio 195 online, I was thrilled! Systematic Botany was the only class I regret not being able to take, so being able to learn more about this makes me so happy. In addition, I now know that there is the EBOT option at UAF & since I have so many plant classes under my belt, I hope to graduate with a minor in Ethnobotany, instead of NRM, which couldn’t be more appropriate for me.
I look forward to sharing my hometown landscapes & flora with you all & can’t wait to learn about the plants you share from the regions where you are at. My little Boston bull terrier, Myrtsy, will be my enthusiastic partner in crime & probably show up in landscape photos from time to time! Here’s to having a wonderful summer!