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January 11, 2022

Joan Crawford Lecture Series returns on Jan. 26th featuring GC's Kevin Dodge

'Mountain Peatlands: Why I Think They're Cool and You Should, Too' kicks off spring lecture presentations

Kevin Dodge

Kevin Dodge

Kevin Dodge, GC's director of the natural resources and wildlife technology program, will kick off the start of the spring Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations on Wednesday, January 26th at 6 p.m.

Dodge's lecture, 'Mountain Peatlands: Why I Think They're Cool and You Should Too', will be held in room 111 in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) building on the McHenry campus of Garrett College.

"One of the most interesting and distinctive habitats found in the Allegheny Mountains of far western Maryland are mountain peatlands -- high elevation wetland complexes, such as Cranesville and Finzel Swamps, that are underlain by peat and host plant and animal species more typically found further to our north," said Dodge.

His presentation will discuss the formation and ecology of these wetlands, in addition to some of the unique species that occupy them.

In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years. She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the public and community members are invited to attend. For more information, persons may contact Jenny Meslener at 301-387-3022 or

All individuals planning to attend must follow Garrett College's COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including wearing a mask indoors. The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at