Debby Hanmer joined the faculty of The Univesity of North Carolina at Pembroke in the fall of 2004 as a member of the Department of Biology. Her main areas of interest are Botany and Mycology. She teaches botany, plant physiology and mycology. She also teaches introductory biology and labs. Her current research projects revolve around the study of biochar (natural charcoal) as a soil amendment. She has mentored several undergraduate research students. One of her recent students, Theresa Williams, received a North Carolina Beautiful Grant and presented her work at the National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference in LaCrosse, WI.
Dr. Hanmer received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in nursing. Shortly thereafter she graduated with a master’s degree from Wayne State University and worked for many years as a nurse practitioner. During that time she discovered a real passion for the plant world and eventually went back to school at the Ohio State University (a big supporter of public education!) and got a Ph.D. in plant pathology. She now finds great pleasure in sharing her love of plants with students.
Another area of interest is the environment, conservation and sustainable agriculture. In the summer of 2009, she took a group of students to study in Costa Rica for two weeks. The trip gave the students the opportunity to experience the wonderful diverse ecosystems of Costa Rica first hand. They were able to study and discuss the unique conservation ethic of Costa Rica as well as experience a different culture and world view.
Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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