After completing her PhD in forest biology, Andrea joined the Arboretum to help it to establish the TREETIME Biology Integration Institute.
The Terrestrial Responses to Emerging Environments through Time, Integrated from Moments to Eons (TREETIME) Biology Integration Institute—part of a National Science Foundation initiative—is aimed at fostering collaboration and multidisciplinary research in confronting today’s toughest issues in tree biology. This endeavor mirrors Andrea’s belief that such challenges are too complex to be solved by a single discipline and that the most effective solutions occur when diverse perspectives and expertise are brought together.
Andrea also works to ensure that plant science is communicated effectively and meaningfully for both technical and non-technical audiences. Her research interests include ecophysiology, phenology, propagation, and biotechnology—particularly for the conservation of at-risk tree species. As such, in her role with TREETIME , Andrea has taken a strong interest in implementing the latest team science into the design process.