Research Assistant Professor of Botany, Claremont Graduate University | Research Scientist, RSABG
Professor Wilson joined the RSABG staff and CGU faculty in 2005. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and had a previous academic position at Portland State University. Wilson’s research focuses on molecular phylogenetics, systematics and biogeography of Iris (Iridaceae) and Loranthaceae, and the evolution and developmental morphology of sepal elaborations, dorsiventral leaves and geophytic structures in Iris, haustorial systems in the Loranthaceae and floral symmetry in both the Iridaceae and Loranthaceae.
Professor of Botany Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University | Director Emeritus, RSABG | Research Scientist Emeritus, RSABG
After completing his Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis, and the Missouri Botanical Garden under Edgar Anderson, Professor Lenz came to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1948, and in 1960 was named executive director, a position he held until his retirement in 1983. He was appointed associate professor (later professor) at the Claremont Graduate School (now Claremont Graduate University) in 1952 and chaired the department from ca. 1956 to 1981. His early research centered around cytogenetics and taxonomy, especially in Iridaceae and in plants now treated as Themidaceae. He has also had an interest in the origin of cultivated plants and has carried out horticultural breeding programs at the Garden utilizing native western taxa. In recent years he has devoted much of his time to studies of the genus Yucca (Agavaceae).