Heather is the Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, where she manages the garden's rare plant conservation and research program. Heather earned her PhD from the University of California, Riverside and has interest and experience in plant ecology, conservation, invasive plants, seed banking, and evolution.
There are times when drying and storing seeds is not an option for the conservation of a plant species. This might be because the seeds cannot survive the freezing process, or maybe because the species no longer produces seeds in the wild. Researchers at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden have been working with one such species, the Federally endangered Island Barberry, which no longer reproduces well naturally. While once found on several different channel islands, this species now occurs in a single location.