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Defining exceptional plants and how we got there by Valerie Pence

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Valerie C. Pence is the Director of Plant Research at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Her work focuses on applying in vitro methods and cryobiotechnologies to the conservation of exceptional species. Her research has included developing protocols for the cryo-conservation of shoot tips, embryos, gametophytes, spores, seeds, and pollen of species from across the U.S., many critically endangered.


Using a Global List of Exceptional Plant Species to Inform Strategic Conservation Action by Emily Beckman Bruns

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As a researcher at The Morton Arboretum and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) U.S., Emily Beckman Bruns contributes to and leads projects that prioritize plant species for conservation and identifies specific measures needed to achieve these goals. Emily’s work reflects her professional interest in informing strategic, cross-sector collaboration toward the conservation of at-risk plant species and ecosystems, especially the important role of botanical gardens in the long-term preservation of plant diversity globally. Emily is interested in addressing these challenges by developing and applying methods for gathering and analyzing biodiversity data, with a focus on automated, reproducible workflows. She is also passionate about the effective and targeted communication of key data through innovative visual means such as interactive maps.


Conserving genetic diversity ex situ-how much do we need? by Sean Hoban

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Sean is The Morton Arboretum’s Tree Conservation Biologist. His lab group works to understand, document, and address threats to species-their goal is to provide the knowledge needed to support conservation action. His team studies adaptation and resilience, establishes data-driven guidance, tests novel methods, and translates science to policy and stakeholders. Sean has published more than 50 scientific research articles. He has planned and led workshops for the Society for Conservation Biology, the IUCN, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and numerous agencies throughout the European Union. Sean is a member of the IUCN Global Tree Specialist Group and Conservation Genetics Specialist Group, an Editor for the journal Conservation Genetics, and a leading member of working groups in the IUCN, SCB, and GEO BON. Before coming to the Arboretum, Sean was a postdoctoral researcher in France and Italy, and a fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sean received a PhD in Biology from The University of Notre Dame, under forest genetics researcher Jeanne Romero-Severson, PhD. He holds affiliate positions at The Field Museum, the University of Chicago, and the College of Charleston.


Exceptional plant conservation at CREW by the CREW Plant Lab

Issues in collection of clonal tissues for ex situ conservation by Megan Philpott

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Megan Philpott is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Her primary research focus is on the development of cryopreservation protocols for endangered exceptional Hawaiian species in collaboration with the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai’i. Her research also explores issues in genetic diversity and population genetics of ex situ collections of exceptional species. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 under the joint mentorship of Drs. Valerie Pence and Theresa Culley.


Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s Global Conservation Consortia by Dan Crowley

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Dan Crowley is BGCI’s Global Conservation Consortia (GCC)Manager, supporting the work of BGCI’s suite of GCC, hosted by Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, UK. He also coordinates the GCC for Acer on behalf of the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. A member of the IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group, he co-authored The Red List of Acer: revised and extended, published in 2020, and studies Acer species in the wild and in cultivation. Prior to joining BGCI in July 2019, Dan completed an MSc in Plant Diversity at the University of Reading. He worked at Westonbirt Arboretum as Dendrologist from 2013-2018.


Collaboration for Conservation of Exceptional Plants by Megan Philpott & Valerie Pence

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Megan Philpott is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Her primary research focus is on the development of cryopreservation protocols for endangered exceptional Hawaiian species in collaboration with the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai’i. Her research also explores issues in genetic diversity and population genetics of ex situ collections of exceptional species. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 under the joint mentorship of Drs. Valerie Pence and Theresa Culley.

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