Donna Tremonte

Donna Tremonte

Donna Tremonte

Applications Programmer

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5846
Fax: 617.524.1418


ALM Information Technology (2012), Harvard University Extension School
MS Botany (2003), UMASS Amherst
BA Environmental Science (1998), Boston University

I am currently a Web Developer/Applications Programmer at the Arnold Arboretum. Most recently, I have been working on the Arboretum’s mobile web app with Jason Sardano, which was developed with the ESRI ArcGIS API JavaScript. I also transferred our website into the content management system WordPress.

Prior to this, I was the Managing Editor for Harvard Papers in Botany and also the Web Manager for the Harvard University Herbaria. I started out as a botanist and worked for several years as a horticulturist, and then in a plant phylogenetic lab conducting seed germination studies and DNA sequencing experiments. I also volunteer at the Arboretum leading tours of the grounds.


  • Tremonte, D. 2013. Plants in the Arboretum Landscape: A Mobile Application Guide. Harvard University Extension School, Master’s Thesis.
  • Mathews, S. and D. Tremonte. 2012. Tests of the Link between Functional Innovation and Positive Selection at Phytochrome A: The Phylogenetic Distribution of Far-Red High-Irradiance Responses in Seedling Development. International Journal of Plant Sciences 173(6):662–672. [pdf]
  • Tremonte, D. 2004. The Relationship Between Phragmites Australis (common Reed) and Inorganic Nitrogen Pools in Interdunal Swales. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Master’s Thesis. [Google Books]

In the press

Professional Presentations

  • Tremonte, D. and K. Richardson. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Arboretum. Minuteman Girls in STEM, August 7, 2015.
  • Tremonte, D. Arboretum Explorer: Using GIS to map the Arnold Arboretum. 2015 Esri User Conference (UC), July 22, 2015. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. Women in Tech: A Story Slam Hosted by LaunchSquad Boston, November 5, 2014. [SoundCloud]
  • Tremonte, D. GIS at the Arboretum: The Arboretum Explorer. Newton 4H Girls Club, November 24, 2013. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. The Arboretum Explorer. AvidGeo Conference, November 7, 2013. [Google Doc]
  • Wihbey J., and Tremonte, D. Journalist’s A New Model for Research Communications. Harvard IT Summit, June 6, 2013. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. Arboretum Explorer: Overview for Arboretum docents and interpreters, May 2013. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. et al. Digital Roundup Live: March 2013. Harvard attendees to SXSWi present.
  • Tremonte, D. GIS at the Arboretum. Presented for GIS Day, November 14 and 17th, 2012 Jamaica Plain, MA. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. and J. Sardano. Plants in the Arboretum Landscape: A Mobile Application Guide. Presented at the 2012 NEARC Conference, November 14, 2012 Rockland, ME. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. and J. Warsowe. Using Technology to Enhance Learning at the Arboretum. Presented for Harvard’s ABCD TIE group’s November 5, 2012 meeting, Cambridge, MA. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. Creating a Web App for the Arboretum. Presented for Harvard’s ABCD Mobile group’s September 21, 2012 meeting, Cambridge, MA. [Google Doc]
  • Tremonte, D. Phytochrome-mediated de-etiolation in gymnosperms and basal angiosperms. Poster presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, Smith College, Northampton, MA. April 8, 2006.
  • Tremonte, D. Light sensing in plants. Presented for the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, Cambridge, MA. December 16, 2004.
  • Tremonte, D. and R.A. Harrington. The effect of Phragmites australis on inorganic nitrogen availability in freshwater, interdunal swales. Presented at Cape Cod Natural History Conference, Wellfleet, MA. March 15, 2003.
  • Tremonte, D. and R.A. Harrington. An introduction to invasive plants of Massachusetts. Presented at the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. Summer 2002.