Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

BGCI U.S. Collaborators

Randy Burkett, Dayton, OH - Fundraising Volunteer since 2016
David Crossman, Boston, MA – Garden Mapping and GardenSearch Volunteer 2011-2014
Katie Gallagher, Claremont, CA – PlantSearch database Volunteer 2014-2015
Jessica Hird, Rainier, OR – PlantSearch database Volunteer since 2014
Wonsoon Park, Newark, DE – Korean Garden Data Volunteer 2012-2014
Martin Smit, Newark, DE – GardenSearch Volunteer (South Africa) 2012-2014
Francis Heller, Chicago, IL – GardenSearch Volunteer 2009-2010
Katie Everson, Chicago, IL – GardenSearch Volunteer 2008-2009
*If you are interested in gaining valuable experience as a BGCI US volunteer please contact us at with your current CV/resume and a brief description of your interests!

U.S. Collaborators

Pam Allenstein, Plant Collections Network Manager, American Public Gardens Association
Sarah Beck, Program Manager, American Public Gardens Association
Nicole Cavender, Vice President of Science and Conservation, The Morton Arboretum
Marian Chau, Seed Conservation Laboratory Manager, The Lyon Arboretum
Jenny Cruse-Sanders, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Patrick Griffith, Executive Director, Montgomery Botanical Center
Kay Havens, Director of Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden
Andrea Kramer, Conservation Scientist, Ecological Genetics, Chicago Botanic Garden
Gary Man, Forest Health Specialist, United States Forest Service
Kimberly McCue, Director of Research, Conservation and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden
Ray Mims, Conservation and Sustainability Horticulturist, United States Botanic Garden
Ari Novy, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden
Valerie Pence, Director of Plant Research, CREW, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Jennifer Ramp Neale, Director of Research and Conservation, Denver Botanic Gardens
Murphy Westwood, Director of Global Tree Conservation, The Morton Arboretum
Dustin Wolkis, Seed Bank and Laboratory Manager, National Tropical Botanical Garden

Collaborating Organizations
American Public Gardens Association
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Association of Zoological Horticulture
Asociación Mexicana de Jardines Botánicos
Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand
Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife
Center for Plant Conservation
Harold L. Lyon Arboretum
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Korean Association of Botanic Gardens
Longwood Graduate Program
Magnolia Society International
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Plant Conservation Alliance
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario
The Morton Arboretum
United States Botanic Garden
United States Forest Service

Graduate Students
Kirsty Shaw, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (Class of 2010)
  -Thesis Title: Conserving Mexico’s Threatened Plants: Progress towards Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Gary Shanks, Longwood Graduate Fellow (Class of 2015), University of Delaware
  -Thesis Title: An analysis of the state of reintroduction projects governed by botanic gardens and arboreta

Martin Smit, Longwood Graduate Fellow (Class of 2013), University of Delaware
  -Thesis Title: Assessing Botanic Gardens' Support for Integrated Plant Conservation - with Focus on specific Threatened Magnolia taxa (Magnoliaceae)

Raakel Toppila, Longwood Graduate Fellow (Class of 2012), University of Delaware
  -Thesis Title: Conserving Threatened Oak Species in Living Collections: are we Doing Enough?

Sara Helm Wallace, Longwood Graduate Fellow (Class of 2015), University of Delaware
  -Thesis Title: How many Threatened Exceptional Plant Species Exist Globally?