Dr. Loraine Washburn

Ph.D. in Biology, Instructor of Wildlife Conservation and Management

Dr. Loraine Washburn is a conservation biologist and botanist, interested in the integration of biological science into management decisions affecting the future of species.   She received her Ph.D. in Biology from University of California – Los Angeles, and her BA in Biology from Brown University. Her research has included work in population genetics and genomics, conservation biology, reproductive ecology, and physiological ecology.

Her work in conservation has taken multiple forms, from conservation planning at the local level through work with land trusts and local governments in Maine and in North Carolina, to the international level, in collaboration with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). She has taught conservation biology and environmental science to undergraduates and graduate students at Duke University, Bates College, and Claremont Graduate University.  At California Botanic Garden her population genetics research informed management decisions for both rare and common plant species of California.