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Kayri Havens
Havens is the Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and a plant science and conservation scientist. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, and her research interests include biology of rare and invasive species, plant response to climate change and ex situ plant conservation. She has previously taught biology classes at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago and University of Illinois – Chicago.

Entries by Kayri Havens

50 Years Later: Honoring the Wilderness Act Through Citizen Science

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:44 PM

Before I became a conservation scientist, I was a nature-loving kid who grew up in a family of amateur naturalists. We were always tromping around in natural areas, observing plants and birds or collecting seashells. When I was eight, my parents gave me my very first garden -- and I...

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Finding Your Career 2.0 in Conservation Science: One Woman's Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Everyone's career path is different, but much of what we hope to glean from our work is the same. We all want to love what we do. The poet Kahlil Gibran wrote that 'to work with love is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own...

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The 5 Things You Need to Know About Wildfires

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 5:55 PM

With each passing dry season, it seems headlines about devastating wildfires are becoming increasingly commonplace. In 2012, such blazes consumed an acreage equivalent to the combined size of Massachusetts and Connecticut. This year has likewise proved to be exceptionally devastating in many regards. You've likely heard conversations about...

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