Joan Maloof, frequent ENVR guest lecturer, was for many years an Associate Professor of Biology here at SU. Her areas of expertise include botany, environmental studies, and native plant identification. Joan has published research articles about pollination biology in journals such as Ecology and The American Journal of Botany and is the editor of Maryland Naturalist. Since 2002 she has focused on forest ecology; her first book, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest (2005), won an Honorable Mention from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and has led to presentations as varied as local garden clubs, philosophy conferences, and university freshmen reader programs. Joan’s second book, Among the Ancients, about old growth forests in the eastern United States, was published in May 2011. She has garnered widespread praise for her ability to write poetically about the role of trees in the relationships between the natural world and humanity. She has also published extensively on pedagogy.