BiographyDr. Mirabai McCarthy received a PhD in botany from Miami University where she studied plant taxonomy and systematics of the tropical fern group adiantum peruvianum. At FVCC she teaches biology, botany and genetics courses. She also mentors undergraduate research, currently focused on bioprospecting local fungi, lichen and plants for antibiotic potential. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to connect students to the natural world and their community. Mirabai is an avid outdoor enthusiast, wildcrafter, and plant lover.