Frederica Bowcutt teaches botany in interdisciplinary programs at The Evergreen State College. As a member of the faculty since 1996, she has specialized in floristics, field plant ecology, and plant-centric environmental history. Her first book, The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood, was published in May 2015 by the University of Washington Press. She has also published multiple floras on state parks in the North Coast Range and Central Valley of California. Her essays have appeared in a variety of journals including Environmental History and Human Ecology as well as an anthology compiled by Carolyn Merchant entitled Green Versus Gold: Sources in California’s Environmental History.
She holds a bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley and a masters from the University of California at Davis (UCD), both in botany. Before earning her Ph.D. in ecology from UCD, she worked for five years as an ecologist for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. She has also worked as an environmental consultant doing rare plant surveys and ecological restoration.