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Joni Ward, M.S.

M. S. Chemistry | University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980

  • Email: jward@dbg.org
  • Phone: 480 481.2078

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Data basing
  • Inventorying
  • Accessioning the Garden’s Living Collection
  • Flora of Arizona and the Southwest

 

Personal statement

As one of two Plant Registrars, I use my analytical skills to interpret our GIS maps and to data base, inventory, identify and accession the Garden’s Living Collection. I came to the Garden as a volunteer in 1989 and have volunteered with the Cactus Voucher Project since 1993. In 2002-2003 I completed several AZ Flora classes at ASU and began a floristic study of the Lime Creek area near Horseshoe Dam with another research volunteer. We completed that study in 2006. Recently I agreed to serve as the coordinating botanist for a new PAPAZ project in the Fossil Creek area. I also serve as a volunteer assistant curator in the Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium. I enjoy collecting and identifying plants wherever I go in Arizona and the southwest and particularly enjoy collecting cacti, having learned from the experts in the Research Department at the Garden. I am currently documenting the Opuntia near Nashville, Tennessee, my home town. I am interested in experientially communicating the brilliance of the natural world to preschoolers, young children and their parents.

Selected Publications

Goldman, Dawn and Joni Ward.  2010.  A Survey of the Vascular Plants in the Area of Lime Creek, Maricopa County, Arizona: A Unique Upland Sonoran Desert Environment. Canotia 6(1): 1-25.

Webber, A. N., P. B. Gibbs, J. B. Ward and S. E. Bingham. 1993. Site-directed mutagenesis of the photosystem I reaction center:  The proline cysteine motif.  Jour. Biol. Chem. 268: 12990-12995.

Webber, A. N., S. E. Bingham, P. B. Gibbs, L. M. Misra, and J. B. Ward. 1992. Site directed mutagenesis of the photosystem I reaction center in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.  Murata, ed. Research in Photosynthesis  Vol. I: 561-564.

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