Kern Ewing is a botanist interested in all manner of ecological restoration in all manner of environments, from freshwater wetlands to coastal wetlands, from prairies to the shrub-steppe to oak savanna. He works mainly in the Pacific Northwest, but has also done projects in the Intermountain West, as well as in Texas, Louisiana, and northern Mexico. At UW, he co-founded the Restoration Ecology Network, a tri-campus program that integrates student, faculty, and community interests in restoration. Before he became a botanist, Ewing was an engineer, and was Director of Environmental Planning for the Texas General Land Office. He has since found interesting ways to combine those two interests: For one of the popular ecological restoration classes he teaches, he and his students dismantled a parking lot in what is now the Union Bay Natural Area and replaced it with a mounded prairie ecosystem.