Meet the Tree Spotters Team
I am privileged to be the Volunteer Coordinator for the Tree Spotters citizen science program, launched by Professor Lizzie Wolkovich in May 2015. As a certified project manager with a Masters degree in technical and professional writing, I worked for many years in biotech, where my last full-time job involved developing a global information and records management program. However, I received my undergraduate degree from McGill University in biology/psychology and worked for many years as a research assistant in academic medicine, including at the Harvard Medical School. I am pleased to return to the world of scientific research, exploring topics I am passionate about—citizen science in general and the Tree Spotters program in particular. Walking in the Arboretum has been one of my favorite activities since I moved to Roslindale in 1999. My other interests include gardening, photography (you can see a few of my photos on my website), and traditional folk music. Over the years, I have served on the boards of several non-profit volunteer organizations, including the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston.
As Research and Projects Coordinator in the Friedman Lab, I am involved with projects studying reproductive morphology and embryology in seed-bearing plants. Outside of the lab, I help coordinate the Tree Spotters and TreeVersity citizen science programs at the Arnold Arboretum, and regularly contribute science-based content to the Arboretum’s online and print publications. Previously, I worked as an intern in the Wolkovich Lab, a seasonal gardener on the grounds crew, and as a Hunnewell horticultural intern. My personal and professional interests lie at the intersection of nature and culture–a boundary that I explore through fine art and science outreach. I also enjoy hiking, climbing, bonsai, and hot sauce. I earned my MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014, and hold a BA in Archaeology and Architectural Studies from Tufts University. I am currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and a certificate in Natural Resource Management from Harvard Extension School.
Cat is a graduate student in the Holbrook Lab of Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Cat is interested in citizen science and is eager to facilitate the Tree Spotter project. As a plant ecologist, she is interested in understanding how anthropogenic climate change impacts plant communities. In November 2015, Cat graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Master’s degree in biodiversity and conservation. For her dissertation, she investigated the vegetation composition of grazing lawns along an anthropogenic impact and grazing pressure gradient at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. She would like to continue focusing her research efforts on plant community composition and how temperature, precipitation, and photoperiod affect plant phenology.