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Old-growth forest expert Dr. Joan Maloof to visit ETSU
Dr. Joan Maloof, publicity shot, outdoors with golden fall color background

JOHNSON CITY (March 9, 2018) – Dr. Joan Maloof, an expert on old-growth forests, will visit East Tennessee State University on Wednesday, March, 21, for two free public talks.

Maloof will lead a guided walk and give a talk on “University Woods: An Old-Growth Forest on the ETSU Campus” from 1:40-3 p.m.  The walk will start at the University Woods Gazebo at the top of parking lot 13 off Southwest Avenue, adjacent to Sherrod Library and Governor’s Hall.

In addition, she will give a presentation and discussion, “Old-Growth Forests: What They Are, Where They Are, and Why They Matter,” at 7 p.m. in the East Tennessee Room on the third floor of the D.P. Culp University Center.

Maloof is a writer, ecologist and conservationist who has studied and worked with plants her entire life.  Her formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in plant science, a master’s degree in environmental science and a doctorate in ecology.  She is a professor emeritus at Salisbury University in Maryland, where she taught biological sciences and environmental studies.  She is the author of “Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest,” “Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests” and “Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests,” among numerous other works.

In addition to her research and writing, Maloof is founder and chair of the board of the Old-Growth Forest Network in Easton, Maryland, an organization that works to create a network of protected forests across the United States.  She travels widely to educate others regarding the extent and condition of U.S. forests and encourage their preservation.

Maloof’s visit to ETSU is funded by a grant from the ETSU Sustainability Fee Fund and sponsored by the Department of Literature and Language, Environmental Studies Minor Program, Department of Sustainability and ETSU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin O’Donnell, professor of English in the Department of Literature and Language and director of Environmental Studies, at 423-439-6679 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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