Dr. Mark Basinger came to Barton College in 2000 from Southeast Missouri State University where he completed a one-year teaching appointment in the Department of Biology. His previous research focused on vascular plant inventories of natural areas and study of flooding and windstorm damage, along with short-term recovery, in two old-growth forests in southern Illinois. Basinger has over 15 years of summer work experience with the Shawnee National Forest and has done a wide variety of ecological and floristic projects for the forest service. He is considered an expert on the vascular plants of the eastern United States. He teaches many of the introductory biology, botany/environmental science, and field biology courses at Barton including Principles of Biology I and II; Organismal Biology; Non-Vascular and Vascular Plants, and Exploring the North Carolina Coast, Coastal Plain, and Mountains.