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Larry DeBuhr

Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Chicago Botanic Gardens


Larry DeBuhr is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Joseph Regenstein Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.  He is responsible for all of the research and education programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including the plant science and conservation research efforts, the joint graduate program with Northwestern University, the Lenhardt Library, the adult continuing and professional education, and the children’s educational programming.  He was formerly the Director of Education at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St.

Louis, Missouri, for 11 years and served on the biology and science education faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for ten years.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in botany from Claremont Graduate School in California and a B.S. degree from Iowa State University.


Plants of Concern: A Volunteer-based Rare Plant Monitoring Program (Northeast Illinois)

Susanne Masi*1 and Steve Kroiss2
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL1 
smasi@chicagobotanic.org1
skroiss@gmail.com2

Plants of Concern, launched in 2001, is a long-term monitoring program that censuses state listed and locally rare plant species in northeastern Illinois.  Plants of Concern is coordinated through the Chicago Botanic Garden and is designed to assess long-term trends in rare plant populations, report imminent threats to the populations, and provide land managers with information to determine future management practices. Volunteers, trained as citizen scientists, monitor populations annually or on a regular basis using standardized protocols approved by an advisory group of land managers and scientists. Volunteers collect data on plant numbers, population size, percent reproductive, invasive species, potential threats, and management practices.  The data are compiled and sent to the landowners, stewards, and government bodies as feedback for management planning. The program covers six counties in northeastern Illinois and 40-45% of the regional element occurrences of listed species. Through 2006, Plants of Concern cooperated with 71 landowners, monitored 176 species at 192 sites, and worked with over 322 volunteers. The data show a high percentage of rare plant populations are affected by invasive species and other threats, and also about half of populations are being actively managed.  The poster will present the concept and scope of the program as well as examples of data collected over six years. 


Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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