Nina House


I am an enthusiastic and passionate botanist with almost seven years of experience working with the California flora, three of which were spent doing a floristic inventory in the southern Sierra Nevada as part of my master’s thesis. My research interests include floristics, conservation (especially of rare plants), public policy, science communication, wetland & montane ecosystems, impacts of disturbance on plant life, and sustainability.

I am currently a Museum Scientist at the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley, where I am Managing Editor of the Jepson eFlora and a co-coordinator for the public programs. I received my master's degree in botany from the California Botanic Garden (Claremont Graduate University) in 2022. For my thesis, I did a floristic inventory of the Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds, located in the southern Sierra Nevada.

I am currently the president of the Society of Herbarium Curator's Early Career Section. I have also been on the board of Southern California Botanists since 2019, having been vice president from 2020-2021 and president from 2022-2023.

I did a floristic inventory of the Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, CA for my master's thesis at the California Botanic Garden.

As part of the curriculum at the California Botanic Garden, I wrote a conservation plan for the rare Eriogonum kennedyi var. pinicola (Kern buckwheat; CRPR 1B.1).
Photo credit: Cheryl Birker

My undergraduate research was a collaborative project with the USGS on microplastic ingestion by forage fish in Lake Ontario.