University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Curator, University Herbarium

Rob ParatleyContact me:
214 Thomas Poe Cooper Building  (Office: 217)
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Phone: (859) 257-3094
Fax: (859) 323-1031

BA (1969), State University of New York, Binghamton
major: Geography
Phi Beta Kappa
MS (1986), Cornell University
major: Plant Ecology
Sage Scholarship

Courses Taught at U.K. :
Taxonomy of Vascular Plants - Spring 1996 to present
Economic Botany- Plants and Human Affairs- Fall, 1999 to present
Silvics and Tree Identification - Fall, 2001 to present
Forestry Field Camp –Taxonomy of Forest Vegetation, Summer 1996 to present
Graduate Seminar:  Forests as Cultural Landscapes, Spring 2007
Graduate Seminar: Fire Ecology of North American and Appalachian Landscapes, Spring, 2010

Professional Experience:
Curator, University of Kentucky Herbarium (January, 1995-present)
management of herbarium collection; public information and outreach; undergraduate and graduate instruction; research support in taxonomic botany and ecology
Instructor, University of Kentucky (August 1993-December 1993 and August 1994-December 1994)
Financial Manager, Cornell University Art Museum (January 1986-December 1992)
financial controller budget development and management

R.D. Paratley, 2008. Flora of Floracliff State Nature Preserve.  Submitted to Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
R McEwan, RD Paratley, RN Muller, and CL Riccardi, 2005. “The Vascular Flora of an Old Growth Mixed Mesophytic Forest in Southeastern Kentucky.”  Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 132:618-627.
M.A. Arthur, R.D. Paratley, and B.A. Blankenship, 1998. Single and repeated fires affect survival and regeneration of woody and herbaceous species in an oak-pine forest.” Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 125: 225- 236.
R.D. Paratley, 1998. The ecology of invasive plants and their impacts on native ecosystems. In Natural Resources Newsletter, Department of Forestry.
R.D. Paratley and T. J. Fahey, 1986. “Vegetation - environment relations in a conifer swamp in central New York”. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 113: 357 - 371.
K.M. Doyle, T.J. Fahey, and R.D. Paratley, 1987. “Subalpine heathlands of the Mahoosac Range, Maine.Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 114: 429 - 436.

Seminars and Workshops:
“Charles Darwin and 19th Century Botany: Lessons from the Tangled Bank.”  Founders Lecture, University Arboretum.  January, 2010.
“Plant Evolution and Adaptations to Life on Land”Spring 2009.
“Medicinal Plants: Yesterday and Today”   Spring, 2009
“Andre Michaux and the Quest for Plants in the New World.”  Part of Arboretum Great Botanist Series  October, 2008
Old Growth Forest Dynamics at Blanton Forest, 2008
Native Fern Workshop, 2007
“History of Botanical Medicine in the US”, May, 2006.
“Ecology of the earliest flowering plants” February 2000 at Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook NY
“Willows, magnolias, or black pepper-- Changing ideas on ancestral flowering plants” October 1998, Department of Forestry seminar series.

Torrey Botanical Society
Society of Economic Botany
Floracliff Nature Sanctuary Board of Directors 2001-present
Lexington Legacy Trail 2009- present

Botanical Consulting:
Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government, 2000-01 botanical survey