Frederica Bowcutt


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I teach American environmental history, botany, ecological restoration, field plant taxonomy, intersectional ecofeminism, and cultural history of plants in interdisciplinary teams of faculty and solo at undergraduate and graduate level. I have co-taught with 24 different colleagues, including an American historian, art historian, European historian, feminist economist, folklorist, and multiple artists, historians of science, geographers, as well as other scientists. I also serve as Director of the Biodiversity Center at Evergreen. My books include The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood, published by University of Washington Press. I am a contributor to A Cultural History of Plants from Bloomsbury and The Cultural Value of Trees: Folk Value and Biocultural Conservation from Routledge.  


Ph.D., Ecology, University of California-Davis, 1996; M.S., Botany, University of California-Davis, 1989; B.A., Botany, University of California-Berkeley, 1981.

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I create supportive and motivating learning communities where students refine their academic skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing and their skills in plant science. In the interdisciplinary programs I teach, students examine the historical context of botany as a discipline and human/plant relations in an inclusive, equity-minded manner. I have published multiple pedagogy articles that elaborate on my teaching philosophy and approach, which you can access at


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