Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Conservation

Jenny focuses on the southern Rocky Mountain region with an emphasis on conservation genetics, long-term monitoring, and restoration of Colorado’s most rare and imperiled plants. She works with local and national government and nonprofit agencies. See Jenny's profile.

Melissa Islam, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research & Head Curator of the Herbaria

Melissa explores the diversity of plants in the southern Rocky Mountain region and oversees the Gardens’ herbaria and floristic surveys. See Melissa's profile.

Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Applied Conservation

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. See Rebecca's profile.

Michelle DePrenger-Levin, M.S.

Research Associate

Using long-term monitoring studies of Colorado’s rare plants, Michelle informs land managers on how to best conserve the unique Colorado landscape.

Christina Alba, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Chrissy fuses her background in plant ecology and botany to bring an ecological perspective to plant biodiversity surveys undertaken to grow the Gardens’ vascular plant collection. See Chrissy’s profile.

Vera Stucky Evenson, M.S.

Curator, Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

Vera actively collects, documents and vouchers specimens of Colorado’s native fungi.

Andrew Wilson, Ph.D.

Assistant Curator of Mycology, Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

Andy studies the biodiversity of fleshy fungi. His work incorporates traditional taxonomy with molecular systematic analysis. He explores fungal and plant relationships to better understand the importance of fungi in plant communities. See Andy's profile.

Janet L. Wingate, Ph.D.

Emeritus Curator, 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 her book on the Carcies of Colorado.

Rick Levy, M.S.

Database Associate

Rick manages the department’s database systems and oversees all digital initiatives. Rick also coordinates our collection of insects at the Gardens.

Kai H. Eldredge

Research Coordinator

Kai provides support for all Research and Conservation department activities including scientific outreach events, laboratory safety and grant budget reporting.

Alexandra Seglias, M.S.

Research Assistant

Alex studies the seed ecology of native species to maximize diversity and resilience of ecological restorations as well as inform seed banking practices for long-term conservation.