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People of the Conservatory


Lisa Aston PhilanderLisa Aston PhilanderCurator

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.

Angie KoeblerAngie Koebler, Conservatory Services Coordinator

In addition to maintaining the health of our existing Conservatory collection, I grow and maintain class-specific or research-specific plant material for various faculty and biology labs. I also serve as one of many operational caretakers for our 42-year-old Conservatory along with a dynamic team of tradesmen and craftsmen, otherwise known as Facilities Management.

Alex EiltsAlex Eilts, Research Associate

Plants are awesome! Don't believe me? Come down to The Conservatory, and I'll show you what makes them so great. With my background in plant ecophysiology, I don't just see plants as pretty flowers, nice foliage, or food. Nope, plants are organisms that have adapted to a wide set of conditions despite common limitations. I particularly like examples of convergent evolution, when species have evolved similar adaptations despite not being closely related. Most people may see the diversity of plants as a green backdrop to our world, but I love the diversity of forms, shapes, and adaptations they display. Plants are every bit as diverse as animals, you just have to stop and look a little closer.

Reba JuettenReba Juetten, Museum Studies Intern

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. 

 

CONSERVATORY ASSISTANTS

Eric Chapman

Eric Chapman

Kealy Porter

Kealy Porter

Bridget Doyle

Bridget Doyle

 

VOLUNTEERS

Daniel Stanton

Daniel Stanton

Miles Ellis

Miles Ellis

Eva Carlson

Eva Carlson

Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton

Chas Huston

Chas Huston

Karla Heaton

Karla Heaton

Dan Parnell

Dan Parnell

CONSERVATORY ALUMNI


Adam Alver

Adam Alver

Chole Fouilloux

Chloe Fouilloux

Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy

Joe Miller

Joe Miller

Greta Rockstad

Greta Rockstad

Christina Gengelbach

Christina Gengelbach


Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson

Nathan Vikeras

Nathan Vikeras

Sunshine garden club

Sunshine Garden Club

Tomas Glowka

Tomas Glowka

Yuanhao Ruan

Yuanhao Ruan


Elsa Mattson

Elsa Mattson

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Mira Garner

Mira Garner

Sophia Wimberley

Sophia Wimberley

Cody Abel

Cody Abel


Adam Seubert

Adam Seubert

Brian Valley

Brian Valley

Elise Wall

Elise Wall

Meredith Campbell

Meredith Campbell

Rachel Meyer

Rachel Meyer

 

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