Emma Suzuki Spence
MS, Applied Geospatial Science, Bowling Green State University
BS, Environmental Science (specialization: GIS), Bowling Green State University
Emma started working at the Morton Arboretum in January 2017, in Dr. Sean Hoban’s lab. Although new to the world of trees, Emma is looking forward to applying her experience in genetic research to document and analyze the genetic variation of different tree species found in the wild and in collections of botanical gardens and arboreta. The goal of her research is to understand how well tree species are preserved in botanical gardens and arboreta. Her investigation is part of a larger collaboration that will focus on a dozen different species, but Emma’s research is focused specifically on several magnolia and oak species. Emma looks forward helping The Morton Arboretum team to interpret research to inform and guide the management of species and landscapes.