Conservation & Research

Meet the Scientists

The Garden's Conservation & Research staff works diligently to improve the ecological stability of rare, threatened and endangered plants and their southeastern habitats. Its scope of work includes international outreach to Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and beyond.

Emily E. D. Coffey, Ph.D.

Vice President, Conservation & Research
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John Bente

Project Coordinator, Florida
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Melina Lozano Durán

Agroecology-Melitology Specialist
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Lauren Eserman, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, Research Scientist
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Rina Guerrero

Conservation Horticulturist
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Emma Neigel

Conservation Horticulturist
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Carrie Radcliffe, M.S.

Mountain Bog Project Coordinator
Restoration & Safeguarding Database Manager
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Matt Richards

Conservation Coordinator
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Jess Stephens, Ph.D.

Conservation Coordinator and
Research Scientist
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Jeff Talbert

Field Biologist, Florida
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Lila L. Uzzell, B.S.

Conservation and Research Assistant
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