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Conservation Team

The Wildflower Center's plant conservation staff has extensive knowledge of native ecosystems and landscapes and Texas conservation issues.

Karen H. Clary, Ph.D.

Karen Clary is the Manager of Plant Conservation programs at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Clary provides programmatic oversight for all conservation programs and teaches “Native Plants” for the Center’s Go Native U programming. Dr. Clary holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Texas A & M University, College Station, an M.S. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a Ph.D. in Botany from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied speciation patterns, biogeography and taxonomy of Yucca L. Prior to coming to the Wildflower Center, Clary served as a Wildlife Habitat Resource Assessment Biologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin. She worked with public and private partnerships to promote wildlife conservation through use of environmentally friendly best practices on development projects. She was also the Lead Biologist for the Environmental Affairs Division at the Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, where she oversaw the agency's endangered plant conservation program. Clary is a Research Affiliate with The University of Texas at Austin, Plant Resources Center (Herbarium) and served as a contributor and scientific reviewer for the Flora of North America (Agave Family), Missouri Botanical Garden.

Hans Landel, Ph.D

Landel has over a decade of experience in invasive species management and studies of endangered wildlife species. He joined the Wildflower Center in 2015 and oversees the Invasive Species program, which includes managing the TexasInvasives.org website – a central repository of information about non-native plants and other pests statewide. He develops and administers workshops to teach Texans how to identify and track invasive species that affect state landscapes, produces online educational materials, and collaborates with organizations interested in invasives, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service and the USDA. He previously spent more than 25 years teaching college courses ranging from wildlife conservation to natural resource management to fieldwork. Landel received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California – Davis and a doctorate in biology from Purdue University.

Minnette Marr, M.S.

Minnette Marr holds an M.S. in Science Education from Texas Woman’s University (1991) and an M.S. in Biology from Texas State University – San Marcos (2002).  Before joining the Conservation Department of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, she managed the Wetlands Restoration Nursery in the headwaters of the San Marcos River and monitored invasive plant species in East Texas forests.  As a plant conservationist, she collaborates with land managers and citizen scientists to collect seeds of native species for regional in situ restoration projects and national and international ex situ conservation programs.
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