Director of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
UC Foundation Professor of Biology, Geology, Environmental Science
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Joey has been part of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the GSMNP since 1998, joining the organizing committee in 2012, becoming Chair in 2015, and Director in 2017. He leads botanical events at the SWFP from ferns to trees and shrubs to wildflowers and all day walks through the elevational gradient of biodiversity in the Park. At UTC, he teaches Plant Taxonomy, Plant Morphology, Field Botany, and Biogeography and he often has a lab group of 3-5 graduate students. He’s an editor and author of the Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee.
Shannon has been a part of Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the GSMNP since 2017. She has been involved with the meeting and events industry for over 25 years serving her clients and attendees across many organizations. It is her continued honor to support event logistics, leader, and attendee experiences for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Chris Havran is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Campbell University in North Carolina. He has field experience with the plants of the southeastern US and Hawaii. He is the founder and curator of the Campbell University Herbarium. His current research interests involve southeastern floristics and phylogenetics and taxonomy of native Hawaiian plants.