As Curator of the Arboretum’s living plant collections, Matt focuses on the selection and evaluation of plant species for cultivation across the grounds of the Arboretum.
Matt’s work is aimed at building the Arboretum’s nationally accredited collections in maples (Acer), magnolia, crabapples (Malus), oaks (Quercus), lindens (Tilia), and elms (Ulmus) through germplasm collection and other related activities.
He also utilizes the Arboretum’s collections as a living gene bank, cultivating endangered or rare species through ex-situ conservation. He has completed projects targeting both pyramid magnolia (Magnolia fraseri var. pyramidata) and Oglethorpe oak (Quercus oglethorpensis).