Kenneth D. Heil

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Ken Heil is the Director of the Bolack San Juan Basin Flora Project and Supervising Editor for this flora of the Four Corners region. He is responsible for obtaining funding, budgeting, supervision of field work, coordination with benefactors, tribal councils, government officials and SJC administration. He is the author, with Steve O'Kane, of the Flora Checklist and is responsible for editing manuscripts and other documents. Ken is also a botanist on the project and will be writing botanical treatments of Sclerocactus and Pediocactus as well as the Cornaceae (Dogwood Family), Linaceae (Flax Family), Oxalidaceae (Shamrock Family), Platanaceae (Sycamore Family) and Saururaceae (Lizard's Tail Family).

Ken received his B.S. in Biology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and his M.S. in Biology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He has been an instructor of Biology at Navajo Community College (now Dine' College) and Professor of Biology and Geology at San Juan College. He has taught Biology, Systematic Botany, Environmental Conservation, Historical Geology, Physical Geology and an honors class on invasive organisms. He has won numerous teaching awards at both Navajo Community College and San Juan College.

Ken and Steve Camping

Ken is the founder and curator of the Herbarium at San Juan College. Ken also owned a biological survey and consulting business, which conducted many plant field surveys in the Four Corners region. He is a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, the International Organization of Succulents, the New Mexico Native Plant Society and New Mexico Plant Recovery. Ken is the author of numerous scientific papers on rare cacti, several books on threatened and endangered species in New Mexico, Four Corners Invasive and Poisonous Plant Field Guide and the Audubon Society Pocket Field Guide, Familiar Cacti of North America.

In his spare time, Ken collects old bottles and antiques and is an avid baseball fan.

For more information, please call Dr. Don Hyder at (505) 566-3772. Or send an email to hyderd@sanjuancollege.edu.