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People of the Conservatory

Lisa Aston PhilanderLisa Aston PhilanderCurator, phil0120@umn.edu

My educational background is interdisciplinary with interests in agroecology, ethnobotany, political ecology, and arid lands resources. I am interested in the histories of plant utilization and how different cultures use the same plant in a multitude of ways that are ever influenced by other cultures. My research focuses on traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa where I examined the trade of phytomedicines and developed community-based programming to conserve and grow endangered plant species. Instilling the love of plants is easy to do in this magical place that can transport you to different parts of the world by examining how rare and unusual plants have evolved to exist in various environments.

Ric roderickRic Roderick, Senior laboratory technician, roder005@umn.edu

I received a BS from Plant Pathology here at the University of Minnesota, and spent a good part of my life as an agricultural crop consultant. What fascinates me about the plant world is the evolution of specific plants that have figured out ways to adapt to different environments in order to be very successful in their survival, while thriving. The mechanisms can be subtle, while others are very extreme and pop out at the casual observer. Plants are simply part of the background for most people, although they can’t avoid the attraction of vibrant colors, striking leafy material, along with fragrant senses that are being aroused. Every plant has a story, as varied as the snowflakes that fall in the winter. So much to discover, so little time!

Reba JuettenReba Juetten, Museum Studies Intern, juett021@umn.edu

My internship has worked primarily on the Healing Landscapes exhibit, working on content research about medicinal plants and the people who use them along with grant applications to fund the exhibit and the application for the gallery space itself. I am currently in a Ph.D. program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, studying the history of botany and minoring in Museum Studies. In the future, I hope to combine my interests in plants, people, and education in a career in museums (including public gardens) or academia. 

Christina GengelbachChristina Gengelbach, Social Media Intern, genge016@umn.edu

The social media internship wants to reach out to the local community through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; providing interesting information about our unique plant collection. Hopefully we will be able to get people learning and interacting with us even if they are unable to stop by our facility. I am an undergraduate student studying in my final year with a major in plant biology and a minor in marine biology. 

STUDENT STAFF
Tomas Glowka

Tomas Glowka

Sophia Wimberley

Sophia Wimberley

 
 
VOLUNTEERS
Meredith Campbell

Meredith Campbell

Yuanhao Ruan

Yuanhao Ruan

Rachel Meyer

Rachel Meyer

Eva Carlson

Eva Carlson

Daniel Stanton

Daniel Stanton

Chas Huston

Chas Huston

Dan Parnell

Dan Parnell

Greta Rockstad

Greta Rockstad

Cody Abel

Cody Abel

CONSERVATORY ALUMNI

Adam Alver

Adam Alver

Chole Fouilloux

Chloe Fouilloux

Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy

Joe Miller

Joe Miller


Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson

Nathan Vikeras

Nathan Vikeras

Sunshine garden club

Sunshine Garden Club


Elsa Mattson

Elsa Mattson

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Mira Garner

Mira Garner


Adam Seubert

Adam Seubert

Brian Valley

Brian Valley

Elise Wall

Elise Wall