Scientific Staff

Emily Schumacher, MS

Research Assistant I, Tree Conservation Biology

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As a research assistant, Emily assesses whether arboreta seed collections adequately safeguard the genetic diversity of wild populations of rare taxa.

Emily is primarily focused on conserving plants using multifaceted approaches, including genetic analysis, examining ex situ collections, and modeling ecological niches.

While attaining her master’s degree, she determined that restoration seed stocks collected by the Bureau of Land Management were genetically diverse enough to establish healthy restoration populations. She also identified the ecological niches of multiple rare varieties of the widespread species sulfur-flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum).

  • Dean’s Citation of Excellence (University of Northern Colorado) for the thesis: “Sagebrush SOS: A Genetic Analysis of Bureau of Land Management Seeds of Success Seeds and of Eriogonum umbellatum.” (2019)
  • Colorado Native Plant Society: John Marr Research Grant for work on Eriogonum umbellatum, the sulphur-flowered buckwheat. (2019)


MS, Biology

University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO

BA, Biology

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

  • Committee Member: Society for Conservation Biology North America Policy Group