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Research & Conservation Staff

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Jessica M. Allen, B.S.

Research Assistant

  • Email: jallen[at]dbg.org
Rare, endangered and invasive plant population studies using molecular techniques. DNA extraction from atypical source material. Genetic data generation, editing, and analysis

Stacie Beute, B.S.

Conservation Alliance Coordinator

  • Email: sbeute[at]dbg.org
  • Phone: 
    480 481.8187
Socio-ecological systems; collaborative, community-based conservation; public participation in scientific research (PPSR) initiatives; models of PPSR and associated socio-ecological outcomes; building capacity for conservation; drivers of conservation; trade-offs in decision-making; the commons.

Steven A. Blackwell, B.S.

Conservation Collections Manager

  • Email: sblackwell[at]dbg.org
  • Phone: 
    480 481.8175
Developing propagation techniques and protocols for rare plants, seed germination and viability studies of rare plants, habitat restoration and species reintroduction.

Beth Brand

Librarian, Schilling Library

      
  • Email: bbrand[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8133
Collections care and conservation, archiving and preservation of the Garden’s history.

Shannon D. Fehlberg, Ph.D.

Dorrance Family Foundation
Conservation Biologist

  • Email: sfehlberg[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8143
Evolution, distribution, and population genetics of rare plants; determinants of genetic and species diversity; biogeography; polyploidy

Wendy C. Hodgson, M.S.

Curator of the Herbarium, Research Botanist

  • Email: whodgson[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8108
Floristics of Southwestern US, particularly Grand Canyon region, Cactaceae and Agavaceae systematics, ethnobotany of Sonoran Desert, invasive species, systematics of rare Southwestern plants

KEVIN R. HULTINE, PH.D.

Plant Physiologist/Ecophysiologist

  • Email: khultine[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8195
Plant water and nutrient relations of arid and semi-arid regions; desert riparian plant ecology and conservation; population dynamics of desert shrubs, trees and cactus species.

Joe McAuliffe, Ph.D.

Director of Research

  • Email: jmcauliffe[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8105
Soil-vegetation relationships in arid and semi-arid environments, ecology and conservation of semi-arid grasslands, development of long-lived clonal shrubs

Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Research, Conservation and Collections


Program Director, Conservation of Threatened Species and Habitats


  • Email: kmccue[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8137
Population ecology and genetics of rare plants, in situ and ex situ seed bank dynamics, invasive species, conservation science outreach and education

Raul Puente-Martinez, M.S.

Curator of Living Collections,
Research Botanist

  • Email: rpuente[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8110
Systematics of Opuntioideae (Cactaceae), hybridization of prickly pears, floristics, use of native and low water use plants in landscaping

Veronica Nixon, M.A.

GIS-Specialist

  • Email: vnixon[at]dbg.org 
  • Phone: 480 423.7010
Collection, organization, and dissemination of spatial data; maintenance of the Garden’s GIS

Andrew Salywon, Ph.D.

Assistant Herbarium Curator
and Research Botanist

  • Email: asalywon[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.8107
Botanical inventories, endemic and rare and endangered plants in Arizona and the Sonoran Desert, molecular ecology, new crop development for arid-lands, and plant systematics using both traditional and molecular data.  

Joni Ward, M.S.

Plant Registrar

  • Email:
    jward[at]dbg.org
  • Phone:
    480 481.2078
Data basing, inventorying, accessioning the Garden’s Living Collection Flora of Arizona and the Southwest

Dustin Wolkis, B.S.

Research Assistant

  • Email: dwolkis[at]dbg.org
  • Phone: 480 481.8175

Use of native seeds in Sonoran Desert restoration and revegetation, Conservation of rare plants and plant communities, Plant ecology, Sonoran Desert ethnobotany, Acoustic ecology

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