Carrie Radcliffe, M.S.
Carrie Radcliffe is the Restoration & Safeguarding Database Manager for the Conservation & Research Department. She serves as the Mountain Bog Project and Chattahoochee National Forest Coordinator for the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, as well as the project lead for rare species at Tallulah Gorge State Park. These efforts lead partners in collaborative planning and management of priority species in restricted habitats.
Radcliffe studied horticulture at the University of Georgia and began working with the GPCA in 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 and her Master of Science degree in Conservation Horticulture and Plant Biology in 2009, also at UGA, where she conducted lab, nursery and field research on native medicinal and rare plants. Radcliffe came to specialize in plant propagation, tissue culture, microscopy and the reproductive biology of endangered flora through her graduate research.
She has coordinated several important projects and sits on committees, including:
- Reproductive biology and micropropagation research on Georgia plume (Elliottia racemosa) - illustrating floral development, pollination, and gametophytic self-incompatibility; developed ex situ collections from 12 wild populations from field collected leaf tissue explants.
- Restoration efforts for Pine-Oak Woodlands in the upper Piedmont, including ex situ and in situ safeguarding and recovery efforts for the Federally Endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) and Candidate Species Georgia Aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum) on the Chattahoochee National Forest.
- Restoration efforts for Mountain Bog habitat across Northeast Georgia, including ex situ and in situ safeguarding and recovery efforts for the Federally Threatened swamp pink (Helonias bullata) and At-Risk Species montane purple pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea var. montana) on the Chattahoochee National Forest.
- Habitat preservation, in situ conservation, and pollination ecology for the Federally Endangered Persistent trillium (Trillium persistens), At-Risk Species Carolina hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana), and decline and preservation of Eastern Hemlock (T. Canadensis) at Tallulah Gorge State Park and the Chattahoochee National Forest.
- Development of the GPCA Safeguarding Database - centralizing and documenting ex situ collections, in situ augmentations and reintroductions, repeated monitoring data and survivorship, and collaborative management for priority species across Georgia.
- Initiation and coordination of yearly planning meetings to review accomplishments, set goals, coordinate work days (including tasks, volunteers, and data collection), and integrate and share data through the safeguarding database and customized reports.
- Coordinate the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation inaugural conference, hosting partners from 22 U.S States and Territories to focus on At-Risk and Listed Species and develop a regional network for plant conservation.
- Co-chair for the Plant Conservation Community of the American Public Gardens Association (2017 - present).
- Steering Committee member for the Southern Appalachian Bog Learning Network.