Abby Hird, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) U.S. research associate and project manager, has set up a new office at RSABG. She recently moved from Boston, where she was hosted by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for the past three years. Andrea Kramer, BGCI U.S. executive director, said, "BGCI and its global network will no doubt benefit from the closer connection to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and we are grateful for their dedicated support as members of BGCI."
Hird is looking forward to working with RSABG staff and researchers and being activitly involved with the organization's world-class conservation programs. For 2013, she is continuing to continue developing BGCI's data services, and other major BGCI U.S. efforts such as the Care for the Rare interpretation project (read more about Care for the Rare here), carried out in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden.