Scientists at Work: Carol Witham

Carol W. Witham is a recognized expert in vernal pools. She is self-educated in botany and vernal pool ecology. Her personal studies began with a general curiosity about the plants found in vernal pools. Eventually, through reading, exploring, and working with other experts, she learned a little about nearly every field of study related to vernal pools.

When asked, “Why do I want kids to know about nature?”

Carol says,

“Nature is a place to have fun and learn new things at the same time. Just pick a little spot and watch it for a while. Soon you will discover hundreds of little things going on in just that one little spot. Multiply that by thousands and thousands of little spots, and wow!”