My boyhood home is near Livingston Texas in southeast Texas. From my rural background, I always had an interest in plants and animals. After graduating college, I was employed as a high school biology teacher for five years. I soon returned to college for a master’s degree, and continued for a doctorate. I arrived at Evangel University (college) in 1971, and continued teaching biology for 33 before retiring in 2004.
In 1999 I was invited to join the Flora of North America Project to categorize the entire flora of the United States and Canada. I was first asked to do the manuscript for the genus Orobanche (Orobanchaceae). As the work progressed, this was expanded to include four additional genera, Boschniakia, Conopholis, Epifagus, and Kopsiopsis. This work was coordinated through the Missouri Botanical Garden with my collaborator, George Yatskievych. The work was completed in 2018, and published in volume 17 of the flora in the summer of 2019.