Nina House

Botanist

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 (Claremont Graduate University), in September 2019. For my master's, I did a floristic inventory of the Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds, located in the southern Sierra Nevada.

I am currently the president of Southern California Botanists, the incoming president of the Society of Herbarium Curator's Early Career Section, and I am the student representative on the American Society of Plant Taxonomist’s Public Policy Committee.

My interests lie in conservation, botanical field work, science communication, natural history collections, and public policy.

Floristics

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.

Microplastics

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