Abby Hird

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).

Recent Presentations

  • Achieving Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: lessons learned from the North American Collections Assessment. Global Partnership for Plant Conservation Conference. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri (2011)
  • Getting More Conservation Value out of North American Plant Collections. American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (2011)
  • Breaking the Barriers to Successful Ex situ Plant Conservation. 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, BGCI, Dublin, Ireland; and 6th Annual Plant Biology Symposium poster, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2010)
  • International Collaboration Among Public Gardens in the United States and Russia, USFWS Russian Botanical Exchange Program meeting, Washington, DC (2009)
  • Got Collections? In-depth Analysis Boosts Conservation Planning,  and   Understanding What We’re Conserving: Conservation through a Collections Management Lens, APGA Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri (2009)
  • International Collaboration Among Public Gardens, APGA Annual Conference, Pasadena, California (2008)

Recent Publications

  • Hird, A., A. Kramer, R. Mims. 2012. Care for the Rare: Engage visitors with the conservation and climate change stories of plants in your collection. Public Garden. 27:30-31. American Public Gardens Association.
  • Hird, A. 2012. A Quarter-Century Perspective on the Center for Plant Conservation Collections at the Arnold Arboretum. Arnoldia 70 (1):11-25. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
  • Kramer, A. and A. Hird. 2011. What is the conservation value of botanic garden plant collections? A baseline assessment for the world and North America. Public Garden 26: 22-24. American Public Gardens Association.
  • Kramer, A. and A. Hird. 2011. Building an international sentinel plant network. BGjournal 8:3-6. Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
  • Kramer, A., et al. 2011. Conserving North America’s Threatened Plants: Progress report on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S.
  • Hird, A., Dosmann, M. 2010. Getting the most out of the BGCI Plant Data Upload. BGJournal 7:18. Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
  • Achieving Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: lessons learned from the North American Collections Assessment. 2011. Global Partnership for Plant Conservation Conference Proceedings. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.