Dr. Frederica Bowcutt teaches botany in interdisciplinary programs at The Evergreen State College. As a member of the faculty of this small public liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington since 1996, she specializes in floristics, field plant ecology, and plant-centric environmental history. Dr. Bowcutt has published floras on state parks in the North Coast Range and Central Valley of California. Her essays have appeared in Environmental History, Human Ecology and an anthology compiled by Carolyn Merchant entitled Green Versus Gold: Sources in California’s Environmental History. She is currently working on a book which chronicles the environmental history of tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), a hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon.
Since 2002, Dr. Bowcutt has collaborated with students, staff and other faculty members in the creation of themed-gardens in the core of campus that support teaching and learning about sustainability. 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.