As a researcher at the Arboretum, Emily contributes to projects that prioritize tree species for conservation and identifies specific measures needed to achieve these goals.
Emily’s work reflects her professional interest in informing strategic, cross-sector collaboration toward the conservation of at-risk plant species and ecosystems, including the important role of botanical collections in the long-term preservation of plant diversity globally.
Successful conservation requires asking fundamental questions about which species thrive where and why certain conditions are better than others. 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.