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Linda Gregory, Featured ScientistFeatured Scientist:
Linda Gregory

My job as Botanist for the National Park Service is multi-faceted; I do a variety of projects related to plant conservation at Acadia National Park. I remove invasive non-native plants that could damage the diverse native flora and unique habitats in the park. I monitor rare plant populations to make sure they are not declining. When re-vegetation is required, I ensure that only native plants are planted.

My love of the natural world and plants, in particular, began when I was a child in northern California. I would ask friends and relatives for cuttings from their houseplants and root them in jars of water. I grew begonias, sweet potato tubers and redwood tree burls. At one point 87 houseplants grew in my home! In fourth grade, a local naturalist took me and my classmates on forays into the hills behind our school to show us glorious California poppies and delicate shooting stars. She explained how Native Americans used a plant called Indian soaproot as shampoo and pointed out that the oaks and bay laurel trees liked to grow on the shady sides of the hills and not in the open grassland. As a teen I loved backpacking in Yosemite, Death Valley and Point Reyes National Seashore. Once while backpacking in Nevada, I came face to face with a mountain lion! The natural world was an amazing and cool place (as a true Californian would say); I loved being in it and learning about all its wonders.

It wasn't until I moved to Maine and took a botany class at College of the Atlantic that my real passion for botany began. As a student there, I worked on a flora project in Acadia National Park with my botany professor, the late Craig Greene, and two fellow student interns. I loved being outside hiking in the sunshine and on rainy days, using a dichotomous key to identify my plant collections in the herbarium. One of the most exciting and gratifying experiences was finding populations of rare plants that hadn't been seen in over 75 years.

Now I monitor those same rare plant populations Dr. Greene and our team found in the late 1980's. I help protect similar natural resources as those I enjoyed as a teen hiking in the national parks of California. I am proud to be a botanist for the National Park Service and I feel lucky to have such a great job!

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Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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