Boston, MA 02130
BS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Delaware
As a curatorial assistant, I am responsible for various projects within the curation department. I assist the Arnold Arboretum’s Manager of Plant Records in conducting field checks in the living collections. This includes plant health assessment, labeling, and mapping. I work in the Herbarium of Cultivated Plants, digitizing spontaneous flora specimens collected in the early twentieth century by Arboretum botanist Ernest Jesse Palmer. I also assist researchers with scouting flowering or fruiting plants in the living collections.
I arrived at the Arboretum as a 2017 Hunnewell Intern focusing on curation. I was able to continue my work here as a Curatorial Assistant after my internship concluded. Prior to the Arnold, I was a graduate student intern at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens. I earned my degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Delaware before embracing the world of horticulture.
I am interested in horticulture as a means for conservation. Accurate and thorough plant records are an essential part of successful plant conservation, and I am thrilled to be an asset to maintaining plant records at the Arboretum.
- McDermitt, M. Cotinus obovatus. Silva, Fall/Winter 2017-2018: 18.