Bachelor, Madonna College, Livonia, Michigan, 1962. Master of Science, University Detroit, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1972.
Teaching fellow, Georgetown University, Washington, 1967-1968; associate instructor, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1969-1971; research assistant, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1970; National Science Foundation trainee, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1971-1972; assistant professor biology, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1972-1975; associate professor, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, since 1975.
Member Botanical Society of America, Indiana Academy of Sciences, Sigma Xi.
Daughter of Lucian A. adn Gertrude (Messing) S.