Meet our scientists

"Re-Search the Gardens" Science Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join us for our Research and Conservation science series for an in-depth look at the research we do to document and protect Colorado’s natural heritage.

  • Director of Research and Conservation

    Jenny focuses on the applied research of plants in the Southern Rocky Mountain region with an emphasis on conservation genetics, long-term demographic monitoring, and restoration and reintroduction of Colorado’s most rare and imperiled plants. She works closely with local and national government and non-profit agencies to help protect Colorado’s rare plants.

  • Associate Director of Research & Head Curator of the Herbaria

    Melissa's research explores questions about the diversity and ancestry of plants in the Southern Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world.

  • Manager of Conservation Programs

    Rebecca supports the Gardens’ efforts to conserve Colorado’s rare plants by incorporating the ecology and demography of rare plant species and studies of biodiversity, invasive species and phenology into the conservation program.

  • Research Associate

    Michelle uses the results of long-term demographics studies of Colorado’s rare, native plants to inform land managers on how to best conserve the unique and varied Colorado landscape.

  • Research Assistant

    Mary is interested in a genetic approach to plant taxonomy, as well as the use of genetic analysis to evaluate diversity in populations of plants. At the Gardens, she pursues seed collection and genetic analyses of Colorado’s rare plant populations in addition to her assistance with demographic monitoring of rare plants.

  • Curator, Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

    Vera actively collects, documents and vouchers specimens of Colorado’s native fungi with research interests in several members of the families Pyronometaceae and Cortinariaceae. In addition, Vera helps identify mushrooms for the Colorado Mycological Society and poison control centers, is coauthor of a research book on Hebeloma and is author of the popular Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains.

  • Research Associate, Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium
    Former curator of Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium, 1995-2007

    Janet is interested in the native flora of Colorado, especially the Poaceae and Cyperaceae. She is presently researching for her book on the Carcies of Colorado. This book will be similar to her popular Illustrated Keys to the Grasses of Colorado.

  • Kathryn Kalmbach Curatorial Assistant

    Pam's research is focused on understanding and conserving biodiversity. Her work provides valuable information of plant and fungal distributions through systematic and ongoing floristic research.

  • Genetics Laboratory Technician

    Anna uses genetic tools to understand plant speciation and population genetics. At the Gardens, she applies genetics to the study and conservation of Colorado's rare plants. 

  • Research Coordinator

    Martha assists all research with scientific data entry, management, and preliminary analyses. She also oversees the department’s outreach program.

  • Joe is studying rare members of the genus Astragalus in western Colorado. With a background in population genetics, field ecology, and geology, he's studying why some Astragalus specialize on unusual substrates and landforms, particularly seleniferous soils and steep canyon walls.

Research and Conservation Department
Fax: 720-865-3683

Adjunct Researchers

Adjunct Researchers support and collaborate with the Gardens scientists to ensure a diverse and robust research program.