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People of the Conservatory


Lisa Aston PhilanderLisa 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.

CONSERVATORY ASSISTANTS

Eric Chapman

Eric Chapman

Amanda van de Light

Amanda van de Light

Davis Redmond

Davis Redmond

 

 

 

Ashley Dike

Ashley Dike

 

 

 

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

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

Lex Faulkner
Lex Faulkner


Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson

Nathan Vikeras

Nathan Vikeras

Sunshine garden club

Sunshine Garden Club

Tomas Glowka

Tomas Glowka

Yuanhao Ruan

Yuanhao Ruan

Reba Juetten
Reba Juetten

Britta Roe
Britta Roe


Elsa Mattson

Elsa Mattson

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Mira Garner

Mira Garner

Sophia Wimberley

Sophia Wimberley

Cody Abel

Cody Abel

Kealy Porter

Kealy Porter

Isaac Schmitt
Isaac Schmitt

 

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