I was born on March 14, 1959 in Wabash, Indiana
(USA) to David Clement McCormick and Lorraine Junette Munger McCormick. I
graduated from Hammond High School (Hammond, Louisiana) in 1976. In 1980 I
graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield,
Minnesota. After working for a year as a technician in a cytogenetics lab at
the University of Minnesota, I moved to Massachusetts and ran the mammalian
tissue culture facility of Integrated Genetics, Inc., a genetic engineering
company located in Framingham. From1984-1988 I worked with Jay Hirsh, Ph.D.,
in the Biological Chemistry Department of Harvard University on the Dopa
Decarboxylase gene in Drosophila melanogaster. In 1988, I
was a summer intern at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in Pennsylvania,
then joined the staff of the Preserve for several years. In 1991 I began a
long association with the North Carolina Botanical Garden, first to inventory
several natural areas managed by the Garden, then as part-time database manager.
From 1996-2000 I was secretarial support to Dr. Robert Peet, the editor of Ecology
and Ecological Monographs, and data entry
technician for the Carolina Vegetation Survey.
In August, 2000, upon the retirement of Dr.
Jimmy Massey and Ms. Mary Felton (Curator and Assistant Curator,
respectively), I became the Assistant Curator of the University of North
Carolina Herbarium. This coincided with the administrative transfer of the
Herbarium from the Biology Department to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
I have won the University of North Carolina
Biology Department Cheese Cake Contest twice, and won of the 1990 Howell
Living History Farm Draft Horse Plowing Contest (Novice Division).
Since joining the Herbarium, I have taken an
interest in botanizing Alamance County, North Carolina. My co-collectors are
my husband, Mark Peifer, and our daughters, Rose and Lily. We live on 35
acres of land that is near the confluence of the Haw River and Cane Creek in
McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) Ice flowers: a
winter treat for early morning hikers. The Chapel Hill News, issue of Sunday,
November 26, 2006.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) One flower you'll
never find in an herbarium [natural history of ice flowers]. North Carolina
Botanical Garden Newsletter, November-December 2006 issue, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) Go native with coral
honeysuckle. The Chapel Hill News, issue of Sunday, April 30, 2006.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) King of the algal realm [Dr. Max Hommersand].
North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, March-April 2006 issue, page 13.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2006) In service to nature… and music [Arundo donax
and woodwind reeds]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter,
January-February 2006 issue, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Another roadside attraction [Platanthera
ciliaris records in Orange Co., NC]. North Carolina Botanical Garden
Newsletter, November-December 2005, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Wool-gathering in the Herbarium [South Carolina
wool mill botanical specimens]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter,
September-October issue, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) Collector Chronicles, Part I [information on
Wolfgang Wolf, R. Haven Wiley, Claire Newell, and Sadie Price]. North
Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, May-June issue, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2005) The Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship. North
Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, March-April 2005 issue, page 9.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2003) Sleuthing in the UNC Herbarium [Amsonia ludoviciana
records in the UNC Herbarium and re-introduction of the plant to
Mississippi]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October
McCormick, Carol Ann (2002) Carl Sandburg, The Confederate States of America,
and the UNC Herbarium [collections of Edward Read Memminger]. North Carolina
Botanical Garden Newsletter, September-October 2002 issue.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2002) An orchid by any other name [herbarium
annotations and Spiranthes eatonii]. North Carolina Botanical Garden
Newsletter, January-February 2002 issue.
McCormick, Carol Ann (2001) The art and science of preserving plants
[herbarium labels]. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter,
September-October 2001 issue.
White, Peter S., Tom Condon, Janet Rock, Carol Ann McCormick, Pat Beaty, and
Keith Langdon (1996) Wildflowers of the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountains
Association, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Casanova, J., M. Furriols, C.A. McCormick, G. Struhl (1995) Similarities
between trunk and spatzle, putative extracellular ligands specifying body
pattern in Drosophila. Genes & Development
McCormick, Carol Ann and Peter S. White (1993) Conservation project: the
Nature Trail Area, Coker Pinetum, and Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve:
final report. North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
Cox, Rachel T., Li-Mei Pai, Jeffrey R. Miller, Sandra Orsulic, Joel Stein,
Carol Ann McCormick, Yara Audeh, Wei Wang, Randall T. Moon, and Mark Peifer
(1999) Membrane-tethered Drosophila Armadillo cannot transduce
Wingless signal on its own. Development 126: 1327-1335.
Johnson, Wayne A., Carol Ann. McCormick, Sarah
Jane Bray, and Jay Hirsh (1989) A neuron-specific enhancer of the Drosophila
Dopa Decarboxylase gene. Genes & Development 3(5):
Scholnick, S. B., Bray, S. J., Morgan, B. A., McCormick, C.A., and Hirsh, J.
(1986) CNS and hypoderm regulatory elements of the Drosophila melanogaster
Dopa Decarboxylase gene. Science 234 (4779): 998-1002.