Spring Welcome: New Staff at the Arboretum

Arboretum Visitor Center in July with blooming native plants

The Arboretum is pleased to welcome three new staff members to its administrative, land care, and research units. Robin Zander started as the financial specialist in January. She brings over nineteen years of experience in accounting, human resources, and office management. Robin joins the Arboretum from the UW–Madison School of Education, where she worked in the office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE). In her new position, she hopes to build an efficient but fun atmosphere in the office.

Robin Zander

Robin is eager for spring’s return and to work with other staff at the Arboretum. She says, “I’m excited for the lilacs in the springtime and exploring the different trails as the seasons change. I look forward to working with a fantastic team and meeting my new co-workers in person.”

Chelsea Camp

Chelsea Camp joined the Arboretum in January as a natural resource specialist. She earned her BA in biology, with an emphasis in ecology and conservation, from UW–Green Bay in 2018. Previously, she worked as a biological science technician at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the U.S. Forest Service in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. She has also worked as a restoration technician in the private sector.

With much of her work based in the field, Chelsea hopes to fine-tune her phenological observations and further her plant knowledge. She says of her new position: I’m really excited to be part of the Arboretum’s land care team. Since I started working here in the winter, it will be interesting to watch everything begin to grow and progress through the changing seasons. I’m looking forward to learning some new native plant species that I might not have seen before.”

Julia Whidden

Julia Whidden started as the new citizen science coordinator in February. She earned her MS in biology from Acadia University in 2015 and was a Fulbright visiting researcher in shark conservation at the University of Miami. Julia is passionate about citizen science and womxn in STEM, having founded a science and nature exploration non-profit for girls and underrepresented genders in 2018 called Terranaut Club.

Julia is excited to expand citizen science opportunities at the Arboretum. She says, “I’m looking forward to learning from the Arboretum community and developing citizen science opportunities for a wider range of participants, including children and youth. To inspire the next generation to care more for our planet, we need to create more opportunities for them to feel connected to it. Citizen science is a great way to accomplish this!”

—Scott Dyke, communications specialist