Adjunct Researchers

Melissa Islam, Ph.D.

Dr. Islam is a botanist and museum professional working on population genetic projects related to her former position as the Associate Director of Biodiversity Research & Head Curator of Natural History Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Anna Sher, Ph.D.

Dr. Sher is a plant ecologist at the University of Denver with a particular interest in conservation issues and expertise in ecology and restoration of Tamarix (tamarisk, saltcedar) invasions. 

Jessie Berta-Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Berta-Thompson is a biologist working with the Gardens in modeling the demographics of rare plants and analyzing the digital datasets created by the herbarium collections.

Jeff Ravage

Mr. Ravage is the North Fork Watershed Coordinator for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and oversees forest ecological restoration projects. He is currently investigating the use of native mushrooms for restoration and remediation.

Mari Majack, M.S.

Ms. Majack’s research focuses on documenting the distribution and diversity of freshwater plants in Colorado.

Loraine Yeatts

Ms. Yeatts is an active field botanist and taxonomist who has conducted numerous botanical surveys, which have contributed significantly to building the Gardens collection with almost 6,000 high quality specimens. 

Leo Bruederle, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruederle is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver where his work focuses on evolutionary mechanisms that facilitate speciation in Carex as well as conservation genetics of Colorado’s rare plants.

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