Ecology and Battle of Chancellorsville are topics of Sept. 28 lecture

Sept. 25, 2013
Contact: Chelsea Morgan, Communications Assistant

Bobby Floyd, a Maryville College alumnus from the Class of 2006 and natural resources specialist for the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), will return to the College for Homecoming to speak about the significance of plant life in the Battle of Chancellorsville, one of the Civil War’s most pivotal conflicts.

His lecture, “How Landscape Ecology shaped the Battle of Chancellorsville,” is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Sept. 28 in Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall.

It is free and open to the public.

Floyd will discuss Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart and their decision to utilize the surrounding wilderness against Union forces in the famous 1963 battle in Spotsylvania County, Va. The Battle of Chancellorsville is considered Lee’s greatest victory of the entire war.

“One of the greatest influencing factors characterizing [the Battle of Chancellorsville] was the landscape on which it was fought,” said Floyd. “In my talk, I plan to discuss how a fire-suppressed, oak-heath plant community played a direct role in the outcome of this battle.”

Floyd’s lecture is a part of this year’s Homecoming events and is presented in conjunction with the MC Civil War Sesquicentennial Series.

Alumnus has studied forests for years

Floyd majored in biology at Maryville College. The title of his Senior Study was: “A Survey of the Trees in a Mixed-Hardwood Forest in Haralson County, Georgia.” In addition to his studies, Floyd was a four-year letterman on the Fighting Scots football team. During his senior year, he also worked as a technician in the University of Tennessee Herbarium.

After graduation, Floyd earned his master’s degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. The title of his thesis was “A Plant Community Analysis of the Pine Mountains, Georgia.”

In 2010, Floyd was employed by the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands at Fort Stewart, which is near Savannah, Ga. While at Fort Stewart, he was certified by Colorado State University in Sustainable Military Land Management and earned the Fort Stewart Range Control Award for Meritorious Service in Support of the Military Mission.

In 2011, he began work as a natural resources specialist for environmental division at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, where he is an installation botanist responsible for endangered plant species management.

In 2013, Floyd received Fort A.P. Hill Commanders’ Award for Excellence.

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