Department of Biological Sciences

John W. Thieret Herbarium

Contact information:

Dr. Maggie Whitson

Associate Professor of Botany
Director of the Herbarium
whitsonma at


Mailing address:

Northern Kentucky University,

Biological Sciences Department,

Herbarium/Dr. Whitson, SC 204D
Natural Science Center,
Highland Heigts, KY 41076



Dr. Whitson's Homepage



You've found Dr. Whitson's homepage. I can reliably be reached by e-mail if you have questions or need to set up an appointment. For those who want to drop by, my office hours and schedule appear below.


My office (SC 101B) is located in the Herbarium/Museum complex on the first floor

of the Natural Science Center. The door is by the fish tanks, and if it's unlocked, then I'm probably nearby.

Who: Dr. Mary Kathryn (Maggie) Whitson, Associate Professor of Botany & Director of the John W. Thieret Herbarium


Office: SC 101B


Office hours for Spring 2020:

    Monday 2:30 - 4:00  pm 

    Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 am,

    or by appointment


Phone: 859-572-1411 [*3/25/20 Currently working from home. Voicemails forward to e-mail. E-mailing directly is probably faster.]  


E-mail: whitsonma at



Dr. Whitson among Gunner foliage in Costa Rica.

Courses I teach:


SPRING 2020:


Bio 150L: Majors Biology Lab

Bio 313&L: General Botany & Lab



FALL 2020:


Bio 312&L:Dendrology (Tree ID)

Bio 202L: Clinical Microbiology Lab



Research Interests: Kentucky flora. Databasing the specimens of the NKU herbarium. Plant systematics & evolution. The Solanaceae (tomato family), the genus Physalis (tomatillos).

Dr. Whitson's SPRING 2020 SCHEDULE


MONDAY: BIO 313&L, Room SC168, 9-11:50 am

Office hours, Room SC101B, 2:30-4 pm 

TUESDAY: Office hours, Room SC101B, 10-11:30 am

Faculty meeting, 12-1 pm


WEDNESDAY: BIO 313&L, Room SC168, 9-11:50 am

BIO 150L 005, Room SC265, 2-4:50 pm



THURSDAY: BIO 150L 005, Room SC265, 11 am - 1:50 pm

1st & 3rd Thurs. of month: PCC meeting, 3:15-5 pm 


FRIDAY: Research (Herbarium), Room SC101, or in the field