Nicole Cavender

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Nicole Cavender, PhD, is the vice president of science and conservation at The Morton Arboretum.

Dr. Cavender works to strengthen the Arboretum’s leadership and activities in tree science and conservation, and she is responsible for programs that generate new knowledge and help transfer that knowledge to professionals and communities.  She oversees:

Dr. Cavender supports collaborative efforts to plant more trees and build healthier, more sustainable communities. She serves on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Research Advisory Council, where she advocates for research in urban forestry. She is on the executive council of Chicago Wilderness, a regional alliance of more than 300 nonprofit and corporate organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all living things in the Chicago region. She serves on the board of EcoMyths, an organization that empowers people to make eco-friendly choices by presenting simple science in entertaining ways.

Prior to 2012, she was chief programmatic officer at The Wilds, a large conservation center in southeastern Ohio, where she led the development and activities of its restoration ecology program from 2002-2011.

PhD, The Ohio State University, Horticulture and Crop Science

BS, Ohio University, Environmental and Plant Biology


2014 curriculum vitae

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