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

David Crossman, Boston, MA – Garden Mapping and GardenSearch Volunteer since 2011
Katie Gallagher, Claremont, CA – PlantSearch database Volunteer since 2014
Jessica Hird, Rainier, OR – PlantSearch database Volunteer since 2014
Wonsoon Park, Newark, DE – Korean Garden Data Volunteer since 2012
Martin Smit, Newark, DE – GardenSearch Volunteer (South Africa) 2012
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!


Pam Allenstein, NAPCC Manager, American Public Gardens Association
Nicole Cavender, Vice President of Science and Conservation, The Morton Arboretum
Jenny Cruse-Sanders, Vice-President of Science and Conservation, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Michael Dosmann, Curator of 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
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
Mark Siegwarth, Executive Director, Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Murphy Westwood, Tree Conservation Specialist, The Morton Arboretum

Collaborating Organizations
American Public Gardens Association (
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (
Association of Zoological Horticulture (
Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (
Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (
Center for Plant Conservation (
Huntington Botanical Gardens (
Korean Association of Botanic Gardens (
Longwood Graduate Program (
Plant Conservation Alliance (
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (
Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario (
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?