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Arnold Arboretum

Abby Hird

BGCI U.S. Research Associate and Project Manager

1500 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: 909.625.8767 ext. 272


MS Public Horticulture (2007), Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware
BS Horticulture (2004), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

I work for the U.S. office of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI-US) to facilitate plant conservation efforts by public gardens in North America and abroad. In 2010, BGCI U.S. conducted the North American Collections Assessment , in partnership with the Arnold Arboretum and the United States Botanic Garden. Since then, we have been implementing the recommendations that came out of the 2010 Assessment, including database enhancements in data quality, quantity, and accessibility.

Prior to my work for BGCI, I came to the Arboretum as the 2008-2010 Putnam Research Fellow, and worked with Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, to conduct a conservation assessment of the Arboretum’s living collections.

After being hosted at the Arnold Arboretum for three years, my office is now based at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California.  I am continuing collaborations with the Arboretum to improve BGCI’s data services.

I also serve on the Board of the Magnolia Society International, and as a recruiter for the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC). In my free time, I love to hike and garden. I also enjoy traveling and help to coordinate Earthwatch Expeditions.


Andrea Kramer (BGCI-US), Michael Dosmann (Arnold Arboretum), and Ray Mims (United States Botanic Garden) – “The North American Collections Assessment” to document ex situ conservation collections in North America to address Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity).

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