Raised in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Florida (Botany),
an MS (Horticulture) as well as a BS in Forestry from Virginia Tech.
He began his experience in the Pacific Islands as a Peace Corps Volunteer
in Tonga. He managed for the Diversified Fruit Tree Development Project
under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Tonga for 4 years.
He is a international consultant on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP)and
Medicinal/Aromatic (MAPs) plant research and development projects. Recent
consultancies on USAID funded projects include work in Nepal, Ghana,
Guatemala, and Kosovo. His travels are extensive and include more than
Current research projects:
1) UH Manoa Herbaria Redevelopment - migration of specimen data to KE
2) Regional e-Floras and local e-field guide development
3) BOT160 Campus Plants course redevelopment
4) Interactive Identification Guides to Traditional Hawaiian Heritage
Plants - Taxonomic ID Keys to assist the general public, extension officers,
farmers, students and horticulturalists in the identify Hawaiian horticultural
varieties found. The keys will assist in the identification of the Mai'a,
ko, and 'awa horticultural varieties.
5) Urban Forestry web site - the first component will include an interactive
database of the recorded Exceptional Trees of Hawaii.
6) Journal of Ethnobotany
Research and Applications - Managing Editor