Mary ByrneAs P2's Plant Ecologist Mary develops planting recommendations for pollinator habitat, conducts rare plant research and supports education and outreach efforts. Before joining P2 in 2010, Mary was the National Collections Curator for the native seed collection program, Seeds of Success, which was s a 2010 recipient of the Secretary of the Interior's Partners in Conversation Award. She has also worked at the USDA-ARS at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC as the Plant Records Assistant, leading the plant inventory and mapping efforts at the Arboretum. In addition to working with seed and living collections, Mary has also worked with preserved specimens at the Herbarium of Kent State University. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Kent State University and a Masters of Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Her professional service includes the American Public Gardens Association where she serves as the Plant Conservation Professional Section Chair, the North American Plant Collection Consortium's Southern California Recruiter/Mentor, and the NAPPC CEO Task Force Co-Chair. Mary is also the Founder and Director of Bioloque, a collections management and ecological consulting company.