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Jessica D. Stephens, PhD


Conservation Coordinator

Research Scientist

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Department of Conservation & Research

1345 Piedmont Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30309


I am a plant evolutionary ecologist with a focus on understanding the ecological and evolutionary outcomes resulting from plant interactions and examining how environmental changes influence these interactions and community level processes. I approach these research objectives with an interdisciplinary perspective by utilizing phylogenetic methods, chemical ecology techniques, and microbial methodologies. My research has primarily focused on carnivorous plant communities across the southeastern United States.

At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, I conduct floristic inventories on rare plant communities, manage rare and endangered species restoration projects, work with various agencies to address conservation issues across the Southeast, and conduct research on species of concern.