Cathleen Ann Touchton Kabat

(b. 1 March 1978)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium curates about a dozen vascular plants collected by Cathleen Kabat for her 2003 Master of Science thesis, “Floristic inventory of Morningside Nature Center, Alachua County, Florida,”and the University of Florida.  The majority of her specimens are curated by the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) in Gainesville, Florida.

“Cathleen Ann Kabat was born on March 1, 1978, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Colleen and Terrell Touchton. She became interested in plants helping her father landscape in their yard as a little girl.  She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1996 and began her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Here, while pursuing dentistry, her path crossed that of a wonderful teacher who changed her life.  She took her first botany class with Dr. Richard Mansell. His enthusiasm for plants sparked the beginning of a career in botany. His constant support of her botanical endeavors helped her enter the University of Florida where she continued her education with Dr. Walter Judd. She married Steven Matthew Kabat in July of 2000 at the beginning of her graduate education. Her husband also began a graduate degree in horticulture, which is unfolding a lifetime of botanical adventure for both of them.”


Kabat, Cathleen A., Steven M. Kabat, Walter S. Judd, and Gretchen M. Ionta. 2006. Floristic inventory of the remnant pinelands of the U.S.D.A. Subtropical Horticultural Research Station at Chapman Field, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Rhodora 108 (936): 387-399.[387:FIOTRP]2.0.CO;2

Judd, Walter and Cathleen Kabat. 2005. Miconia sects. Amblyarrhena, Miconia, and Tamonea (Melastomataceae) in Hispaniola, with a note on the recognition of Miconia pyramidalis. Moscosoa. 14. 83-99.

Kabat, Cathleen. 2003. Floristic inventory of Morningside Nature Center, Alachua County, Florida. M.S. thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville.