Nina House

Botany Master's Student

I am currently a Botany M.S. student at California Botanic Garden (Claremont Graduate University). I am doing a floristic study of the Salmon and Manter Creek watersheds, located in the southern Sierra Nevada.

I moved to southern California from Syracuse, NY in 2017 after completing my Bachelor's degree in Biology at SUNY Oswego. I worked with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for a short time, and then with the California Botanic Garden (previously Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) for a year and a half. These jobs introduced me to the California native flora, and gave me a solid foundation in field work, plant identification, and seed banking. I began my graduate education at the California Botanic Garden in September 2019.

I am currently the vice president for Southern California Botanists, and I am the student representative on the American Society of Plant Taxonomist’s Public Policy Committee.

My interests lie in public policy, science communication, conservation, and botanical field work. I hope to one day work for a nonprofit, where I will work to conserve plant life and inform the general public on conservation and botanical issues.

Floristics

I am doing a floristic study of the Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, for my master's project at California Botanic Garden (CGU).

Microplastics

My undergraduate research inspired my interests in freshwaster ecology and sustainability.