Dr. Jennifer Ramp Neale, Director of Research and Conservation, Denver Botanic Garden
The primary objective of research at Denver Botanic Gardens is the conservation, preservation, and documentation of native Colorado flora by serving as an active center of biodiversity research for the Southern Rocky Mountain region. In order to fill a gap in botanical expertise in the region, the Gardens launched a conservation genetic program in 2009. Through an integrated approach we have assessed population genetic diversity levels and patterns in several endangered plant species. We are now expanding our skill set through staffing, collaboration, and student mentorship. Staying on top of current methodology while providing results to funding agencies in a timely manner has its challenges that we are working to address in creative ways.