B.A. St. Olaf College, Biology and Environmental Studies, 2009
Areas of Interest
Conservation Genetics, Public Horticulture
After getting my B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College in 2009, I moved to Maine to work as an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator at a botanical garden, where I became very interested in horticulture. I am particularly interested in the role of public gardens and arboreta in conservation and the dissemination of knowledge in a museum setting.
I joined the University of Minnesota Applied Plant Science Program in the summer of 2014. I work with Stan Hokanson on studying the genetic diversity of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), which is an endangered conifer in Minnesota. We are looking at the genetic diversity between and among native and cultivated populations and assessing how we can use our results to develop a framework for ex situ and in situ conservation of eastern hemlock in Minnesota.