PhD, Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University
BS, Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University
Dr. Cavender works to strengthen the Arboretum’s leadership and activities in tree science and conservation. She supports the Arboretum’s service to the public to improve the health of the urban forest in the Chicago region, protect threatened tree species around the globe, facilitate technology transfer to industry and the public, and provide professional leadership to the world’s arboreta. She has responsibility for planning, strategic direction, program integration, fund raising, and external relations.
She oversees key programs and initiatives including:
- Scientific research through the Center for Tree Science
- Improving the health of the urban and community forest of the Chicago region through the Community Trees Program and Chicago Region Trees Initiative
- Building collaborations, strategizing, and protecting threatened tree species through the Global Tree Conservation Program
- Supporting professional development and collaboration among arboreta nationally and worldwide through ArbNet
Prior to 2012, she was chief programmatic officer at The Wilds, a large conservation center in southeastern Ohio, where she also led the development and activities of its restoration ecology program.
- Chicago Tribune Remarkable Woman, April, 2015
- Botanical Society of America Young Botanist Award, 1996