BS, Environmental Science, Wheaton College, Illinois
Emily leads and collaborates on projects that prioritize tree species for conservation and identify necessary actions to target these priorities. This work engages Emily’s desire to inform strategic, cross-sector collaboration towards the conservation of at-risk plant species and ecosystems, including the important role of botanical collections in long-term preservation of plant diversity globally. Fundamental questions such as ‘which species?’, ‘where?’, and ‘which actions?’ fuel her search for successful conservation planning methodologies. Emily is interested in addressing these questions by developing and applying methods for gathering and analyzing biodiversity data. She is especially passionate about the effective and targeted communication of these key data through innovative visual means. Emily has a background in examining the relationship between agriculture and the health of native environments, with a focus on increasing sustainability. She is also trained in floral design, and enjoys creating arrangements and facilitating events that highlight the intersection between human creativity and the natural beauty of living landscapes.
Emily is a certified Global IUCN Red List Assessor and helped accomplish the assessment of all 91 native U.S. oaks under the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, as well as participating in assessments of oaks native to Mexico. In 2019 Emily completed an analysis of conservation needs for at-risk native U.S. oaks. The results from this two-year collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S. inform conservation strategies within many sectors such as federal agencies, state and local land managers, non-governmental organizations, botanical gardens and arboreta, and policy makers. Funding has been extended and Emily is leading a similar analysis focused on a different suite of priority native U.S. trees; target genera include Carya, Fagus, Gymnocladus, Juglans, Lindera, Magnolia, Persea, Pinus, Sassafras, and Taxus. Emily is also participating in the creation of a definitive list of native U.S. trees, in addition to leading the compilation of species occurrence data for a IMLS-funded initiative to systematically determine the conservation value of Nationally Accredited tree collections at The Morton Arboretum.