Dr. David K. Foster is Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College and Scientific Program Specialist for the Oakes Museum of Natural History. He has studied the vegetation of the world from Pennsylvania to the Desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the jungles of Belize and Guatemala, the tropical forests of Amazonian Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and the Great Lakes forests of Wisconsin and Michigan, and Gondwannan temperate forests of New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina. His lifelong interests center on plant ecology, restoration of forest environments and how native peoples use plants for food and medicine. He grew up in the northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior and has spent more than 3 years living outdoors. Dr. Foster has a BS in Biology (Eastern University, 1990); a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a PhD in Botany (University of Wisconsin- Madison 1993, 1998). Dr. Foster also teaches for AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (1997-present) and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.