Joined Wild Ones: August 1st, 2019
Board Term: 2020-2022
Serves on: Grants committee
Contact: [email protected]
Chapter: Wild Ones Wild Ones Columbus
Favorite Native Plant: Flaming Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)
Holly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology, Sociology/Anthropology, and Environmental Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2017. Holly earned her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University in 2019, focusing on black vulture range expansion and human wildlife conflict. Holly has a breadth of research experience, studying feather degrading bacteria on common yard birds, nest box species bacterial load and monitoring, phenology monitoring of various taxa, black vulture range expansion and human wildlife conflict, and avian presence in prairie rights-of-way. She has a passion for communicating conservation research effectively. She demonstrates this by creating interpretive signage, innovative programming and public outreach. Holly has served on numerous organizational committees and boards. Presently, she serves on the executive board of the Wild Ones Columbus as the program chair. She works to create engaging conservation programming for those in the Columbus area. As the Conservation Project Manager at The Dawes Arboretum, Holly works to promote native species conservation. Holly oversees the over 6,500 native plant greenhouse and departments propagation of species. She also works closely with the next generation of environmental professionals to prepare them for a career in the field. Holly works to restore landscapes through prairie and reforestation installation and maintenance on over 1,300 acres of natural areas.
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones:
My local chapter introduced me to the beauty of Wild Ones. A kind and knowledgeable group bringing nature into the city and beyond. I am inspired by the work of Wild Ones in our communities and the impact this has in our urban environments. I hope to bring my communications, research and community-engagement background to the national organization to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.