Jenna M. Zukswert
Living Collections Fellow
Boston, MA 02130
BA, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science & Policy, Smith College
MSc, Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
I grew up in rural Vermont, surrounded by forests, and first gained experience in public garden management as a STRIDE (Student Research in Departments) scholar in Collections Management at the Smith College Botanic Garden. I then shifted my focus to forest ecology, doing research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the MacLeish Field Station during my time at Smith, and then at UBC as a graduate student in the Belowground Ecosystem Group. While at Smith and UBC, I became interested in science communication and in bridging gaps between those who do research and those who apply the findings. I am thrilled to have the opportunity now to return to the public garden field, to learn more about landscape management and observe the ways in which research and landscape management intersect.
As a Living Collections Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum, I will be assisting the Arboretum in developing the 4th edition of the Landscape Management Plan, the document we refer to when managing the Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape. We intend for the 4th edition to be a dynamic, digital resource as opposed to a printed plan. As part of this initiative, I will also look into the feasibility of further integrating adaptive management strategies into the Arboretum’s operation, in particular as it pertains to soils and composting.