Careers in Botany Profiles

Brandee Anderson, BSA Student Profiles  
Brandee Anderson
B.A. in Environmental Biology & Ecology, Western Colorado University
M.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado
Consultant at Pinyon Environment
Linkedin page
Company’s website

Brandee is a botanist who works as a biological consultant for an environmental engineering firm. Her primary duties are to collect and analyze field data which are synthesized in reports that provide recommendations to clients on how to avoid, minimize, and mitigate project impacts to various biological resources. As a part of her job, she regularly coordinate with agencies and acquires the appropriate permits and clearances that allow clients to comply with a variety of federal, state, and local regulations such as the: Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Noxious Weed Act.

Betsy Arnold, BSA Student Profiles
Betsy Arnold
Ph.D., University of Arizona
NSF Postdoc, Duke University
Professor in the School of Plant Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona
Twitter: @betsyarizona

A. Elizabeth (Betsy Arnold) is a Professor in the School of Plant Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. She studies biodiversity and the evolution of symbioses, especially between fungi and plants, with a commitment to fostering a diverse future generation of botanists, scientists interested in botany, and 'friends of botany' beyond the boundaries of professional scientific disciplines. She also presently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in plant, fungal, and microbial biology, curates the Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium, and is active in diverse outreach activities, especially with regard to fostering an appreciation of the science of plants and their allies among Arizona's high school students.

Jodi Creasap Gee, BSA Student Profiles Jodi Creasap Gee
B.A. in Biology, Hiram College
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Cornell University
PlantingScience Website
PlantingScience Twitter

As the Education Technology Manager for the BSA, Jodi is the main point of contact for the PlantingScience platform and program. Jodi is the person behind the curtain making sure that teachers, liaisons, mentors, and students are all having an excellent experience within the PlantingScience program and on the platform. Her role involves online community management, website management, module creation and modification, teacher and mentor recruitment, and program sustainability through assistance with grant and paper writing.

Sara Handy, BSA Student Profiles Sara Handy
BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
PhD in Oceanography, University of Delaware
Research Biologist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Twitter handle: @doctorhandy

Dr. Sara Handy is a Research Biologist in the Office of Regulatory Science within the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her work focuses on developing, evaluating, and validating genomic methods to identify plant and animal species in foods and dietary supplements. She has used these tools on a wide range of organisms including algae, fish, and plants and her current primary project has been building a DNA reference library targeting botanical species of FDA interest called GenomeTrackrCP.

Cynthia Huebner, BSA Student Profiles
Cynthia Huebner
B.S. in Biology (Ecology), University of California, Riverside
M.A. in Plant Ecology, Department of Biology, Indiana University
M.S. in Enivornmental Science, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University
Ph.D. in Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Cynthia Huebner’s research with the Forest Service focuses on the biology, ecology, and impacts of invasive plant species in our nation’s forests. In particular, she addresses how invasive plant species interact with native plant species under different environmental and disturbance conditions. Her ultimate goal is to utilize what we know about forest sustainability and resiliency to prevent new invasions and reduce the likely impact of existing

Laura Lagomarsino, BSA Student Profiles Laura Lagomarsino
B.S., UC Berkeley
Ph.D., Harvard University
NSF Postdoc, Missouri Botanical Garden 
Director of Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium and Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University
Twitter handle: Lagomarsino_L

The Lagomarsino Lab studies the evolution of Neotropical flora from a phylogenetic perspective. The role of Andean uplift on species diversification and morphological co-evolution between flowers and hummingbird bills are favorite topics. Many projects focus on the centropogonid clade of Neotropical bellflowers (Lobelioideae: Campanulaceae), an Andean-centered clade of 550 species with fantastic floral diversity.

Keri L. Maricle, BSA Student Profiles Keri L. Maricle
M.S. in Biology, Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS, USA)
Instructor at North Central Kansas Technical College and Adjunct Instructor at Barton Community College
Twitter: @KeriMaricle

Keri Maricle has built a career as a science educator with experience teaching elementary, high school, and college aged students. Currently, she is a biology instructor at North Central Kansas Technical College (teaching human biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and nutrition), and serves as an adjunct instructor at Barton Community College (teaching principles of botany). During the summer, Keri is a camps instructor at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, where she engages elementary aged campers in outdoor adventures focusing on field biology, geology, and paleontology.

Josh Puzey, BSA Student Profiles Josh Puzey
B.S. in Biology, Virginia Tech
​B.S. in Horticulture, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
NSF National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
Assistant Prof. of Biology, College of William and Mary
Twitter: @josh_puzey

As an organismal biologist, Josh Puzey’s research takes an integrative approach to understand the evolution and biology of a whole organism; from its interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments, the phenotypic traits that are important in mediating those interactions, to the genomic underpinnings of those traits. As a teacher, he strives to foster students’ curiosity and search for inspiration by providing them with knowledge of the world around them. As a mentor, he seeks to support and encourage students who never saw the potential in themselves and embolden them to broaden their view of what is possible.