Jill Spear, Assistant Herbarium Curator, recently moved to Fredericksburg from California where she graduated from University of California Davis for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Master of Science degree in Conservation Ecology with a focus on distributional and biogeographical concepts of plant species in the Sierra Nevada in relation to climate change and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry. She is a botanist by training and has worked for California Fish and Wildlife mapping rare plant populations and assisted with a field study to monitor federally endangered vernal pool species. Jill has also spent much time in the Center for Plant Diversity at UC Davis assisting with herbarium curation duties and with floristic inventories in the field. Jill comes to University of Mary Washington ready to invigorate the herbarium’s collection and make many exciting curatorial enhancements.