Dr. Jeffrey Walck
Cedar glades, where limestone bedrock occurs near or at the surface and makes it impossible for trees to grow, are endangered ecosystems.
Globally unique, they are found primarily in middle Tennessee. But because of the rapid growth of Metro Nashville, an estimated 50 percent of cedar glades have been destroyed by development.
Plant communities of highly specialized species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world, have been destroyed along the way. Drs. Jeffrey Walck and Siti Hidayati—a husband- wife team of plant ecologists—are focused on restoration ecology— attempting to restore glades that have been disturbed or destroyed.
Hidayati recently went to her native Indonesia to conduct research of a different kind as part of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program faculty award. Hidayati, fellow professor Agus Susatya, and two students traveled to Sumatra to observe rafflesia, a parasitic flowering plant that is rare and threatened.