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Jon Rebman

Jon Rebman, Ph.D.

Curator of Botany
619.255.0247
jrebman@sdnhm.org

Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 1996. He has a Ph.D. in Botany (plant taxonomy), M.S. in Biology (floristics) and B.S. in Biology. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research in Baja California and in San Diego and Imperial Counties. He has over 15 years of experience in the floristics of San Diego and Imperial Counties and 21 years experience studying the plants of the Baja California peninsula. For Jon's complete biography, click here.

 

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Layla Aerne Hains

Collections Care/Field Botanist
619.255.0298
laerne@sdnhm.org 

Ms. Aerne Hains has a M.S. in Plant Systematics from San Diego State University and has over 7 years experience with the flora of San Diego County. She started as a graduate student intern in the department working on the Plant Atlas project. Currently, her duties in the herbarium include general curation, managing loans and processing incoming specimens. Layla also manages contract/fieldwork including rare plant surveys, floristic studies and biological monitoring.

 

Judy Gibson

Judy Gibson

Collection Manager
619.255.0229
jgibson@sdnhm.org

Ms. Gibson has managed the collections of the Botany Department for over 20 years. She has a B.A. from SDSU and over 25 years experience with the flora of San Diego County, which includes the curation and management of voucher specimens, fieldwork, technical writing, and education through teaching botany classes, leading field trips and giving tours of the collection.

 

John Sanborn

John Sanborn

Database/Web Support Specialist
619.255.0194
jsanborn@sdnhm.org

John developed and manages the Botany databases and its two websites, Plant Alas and Baja Flora. A retired mechanical engineer, John started working for the museum in 2000 as a collections assistant. He then developed the database and check-out system for the Loan Library, after which he was recruited to the Botany department at the initiation of the Plant Atlas project in April, 2003. The databases and web tools are foundational elements in the department’s management of the collection and implementation of Plant Atlas and Baja projects.

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Jeannie Gregory

Parabotanist Manager/General Botany Staff
619.255.0298
jgregory@sdnhm.org  

Jeannie Gregory began work as a volunteer in the Botany Department in April 2003 with general herbarium and field work. Already very familiar with San Diego County and its flora, she was able to help organize the record-keeping, recruitment and training of the volunteers for the Plant Atlas Project. As Parabotanist Manager, she is responsible for all of the incoming parabotanist collections from data and locality verification, to labeling and preparing the specimens for expert identification and finally by entering the corrections in the Plant Atlas database.

 

Janet Merritt

Data Entry Technician
jmerritt@sdnhm.org 

Janet came to the Botany Department initially to work as a volunteer, databasing the herbarium collection. In her current position, she is responsible for scanning and data entry of the historical slides and other photographic collections.

 

Warren Schmidtmann

Warren Schmidtmann

Field Botanist
wschmidtmann@sdnhm.org  

Warren has over 5 years experience working in botanical science. He has a BS in Botany and has worked with state, federal, and non-profit agencies. His experience includes rare plant monitoring and surveys, vegetation mapping, floristic surveys, and herbarium specimen processing and curation. Warren is responsible for conducting field research, collecting and processing specimens, organizing meetings and field logistics, and assisting with writing reports.

 

Research Associates

Dr. José Delgadillo Rodriguez (Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California)

Dr. José Luis León de la Luz (Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste)

Dr. Michael S. Mayer (University of San Diego)

Dr.  Michael G. Simpson (Department of Biology, San Diego State University)

Dr. Peter Vroom (Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center)

 

Department Associates

Dr. Ken Bowles

Mary Alice Kessler

Margie Mulligan

Jim Rocks

Ms. Annette Winner

 

Field Associates

Larry Hendrickson

Victoria Marshall


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Volunteers 

Volunteers are an integral part of the Botany department. The Botany department has a large and diverse group of volunteers who we rely on in the field and in the herbarium. Volunteers are responsible for mounting plant specimens, databasing, filing, field work and numerous special projects depending on skill level and background.

Specialized Volunteer projects include:

  • Bryophyte collection and identification: Victoria Marshall has begun the organization of historic collection of bryophytes, collection of new specimens, and working with experts to determine the identifications.
  • Ferns and Fern Allies of San Diego County : Longtime department volunteer, Annette Winner, is nearly done working on a book of the Ferns in San Diego County.
  • Scans for Algae Synoptic Collection: Dr. Peter Vroom has been working hard on curating our Algae collection including organizing, identifying and databasing. Mary Ellen Walther is focused on scanning specimen sheets to be used in the online synoptic collection. 

If you are interested in volunteering in this or any department, please complete an online application. Our Director of Volunteers will forward your application to the department for review.