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Dr. Jane L. Forsyth

Jane L. Forsyth was born November 9, 1921 in Hanover, New Hampshire, the daughter of a mathematics professor at Dartmouth College. As a child, she hiked the New England woods, learning from her father how to identify the different flowers, trees, birds, and animals seen along the way, which became the basis for her life-long interest in geology.

In 1943, Forsyth received a B.A. in geology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, followed by her masters in geology at the University of Cincinnati in 1946. From there she taught geology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, University of California, Berkeley, Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado (during the summers), and the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio before earning her Ph.D. in geology at OSU in 1956. From 1955-1965, Forsyth was a Pleistocene Geologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, in Columbus. From 1965-1968 she taught geology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and retired from Bowling Green State University in 1992. She also worked as a research associate at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus from 1967-1970.

She is the author of at least 62 known scientific and popular papers, 50 abstracts, 20 field trip guides, 12 geologic maps published independently, and 21 book reviews on various aspects of geology, mostly pertaining to Ohio. Forsyth loved to teach college students and lecture to amateur groups about the geology of Ohio.

Linking Ohio Geology and Botany was published by Ronald L. Stuckey.