Susan Bratton

Susan P. Bratton began conducting research projects in the Appalachians in the 1970s when she was a PhD student at Cornell University. After receiving her doctorate in botany, she worked for the US National Park Service as a research scientist at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other parks in the southeast. During the 1980s, she served as director of the US National Park Service cooperative at the University of Georgia. She received a second PhD in humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1997 and has published extensively on ecotheology and religion and the environment. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and plans to shortly retire to Virginia, near the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park.

April 4, 2023

The Call of the Trail

Throughout its history, the Appalachian Trail has been a place many hikers go for peace, for inspiration, for community, for physical challenge, and in some cases, as a sort of personal spiritual journey.