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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Laurie Blackmore, M.S.

Conservation & Research Manager
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John Evans, M.S.

Conservation Horticultural Coordinator
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Jason Ligon

Micropropagation & Seed Bank Coordinator
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Ashlynn Smith

Field Biologist GEBF Project
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Rashaad Tillery

Conservation Horticulturist
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Lauren Eserman, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, Research Scientist
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Emma Neigel, M.S.

Conservation Horticulturist
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Carrie Radcliffe, M.S.

Mountain Bog Project Coordinator
Restoration & Safeguarding Database Manager
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Jeff Talbert

Project Coordinator, GEBF Florida
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Lila L. Uzzell, B.S.

Research and Conservation Assistant, Field Biologist
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