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Denver Botanic Garden Hires Research Manager

17 January 2007

Denver Botanic Gardens announced today it has hired Dr. Jennifer Marie Ramp Neale as Research Program Manager. Dr. Neale will be responsible for coordinating the growth of the Gardens' research efforts, focusing on the study of the demography and ecology of rare plants species and the development of a native plant collection strategy.  She will also supervise the research, mycology and vascular herbarium at the Gardens.

"Dr. Neale has a remarkable record of accomplishments in plant conservation and research," said Dr. Anna Sher, director of Research, Herbaria and Research at Denver Botanic Gardens.

"Her experience will provide an excellent foundation for new and exciting opportunities at the Gardens, and her vast knowledge will ensure effective leadership for staff and volunteers in restoring native plant ecosystems."

Neale has ten years of extensive experience in conservation and research programs. She joins the Gardens after serving as a conservation genetic consultant at the University of Colorado Museum, where she worked on the Solano habitat conservation plan/Natural community conservation plan with LSA Associates, Inc., and serving as the interim curator of the University of Colorado Herbarium. She also conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado Museum on the examination of plant community-level genetic diversity across a chronosequence in the Hawaiian Islands.

Neale has a bachelor's degree in biology from Rhodes College. She received her doctorate from the University of Colorado, working on the conservation genetics of a rare sunflower. Neale is a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Society for Conservation Biology and the Botanical Society of America. She is the recipient of many research grants and awards, including a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement grant. She has also written numerous publications, and is the primary author of the recent Conservation Genetics article "Restoration genetics of the vernal pool endemic Lasthenia conjugens".

About Denver Botanic Gardens:

Rooted a mile high, Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for over 55 years, and is considered to be one of the top ten botanic gardens in the American West. Art and science unite in the Gardens'
spectacular urban oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Littleton; Mount Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway; and Centennial Gardens, a five-acre formal garden with a Colorado native plant palette in downtown Denver, extend this experience throughout the Front Range.

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