Joni Ward | Desert Botanical Garden

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Joni Ward

Plant Registrar

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M. S. Chemistry | University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980

Email: jward@dbg.org

Phone: 480.481.2078

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Data basing
  • Inventorying
  • Accessioning the Garden’s Living Collection
  • Flora of Arizona and the Southwest

PERSONAL STATEMENT

As one of two Plant Registrars, I use my analytical skills to interpret our GIS maps and to data base, inventory, identify and accession the Garden’s Living Collection. I came to the Garden as a volunteer in 1989 and have volunteered with the Cactus Voucher Project since 1993. In 2002-2003 I completed several AZ Flora classes at ASU and began a floristic study of the Lime Creek area near Horseshoe Dam with another research volunteer. We completed that study in 2006. Recently I agreed to serve as the coordinating botanist for a new PAPAZ project in the Fossil Creek area. I also serve as a volunteer assistant curator in Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium. I enjoy collecting and identifying plants wherever I go in Arizona and the southwest and particularly enjoy collecting cacti, having learned from the experts in the Research Department at the Garden. I am currently documenting the Opuntia near Nashville, Tennessee, my home town. I am interested in experientially communicating the brilliance of the natural world to preschoolers, young children and their parents.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Goldman, Dawn and Joni Ward.  2010.  A Survey of the Vascular Plants in the Area of Lime Creek, Maricopa County, Arizona: A Unique Upland Sonoran Desert Environment. Canotia 6(1): 1-25.

Webber, A. N., P. B. Gibbs, J. B. Ward and S. E. Bingham. 1993. Site-directed mutagenesis of the photosystem I reaction center:  The proline cysteine motif.  Jour. Biol. Chem. 268: 12990-12995.

Webber, A. N., S. E. Bingham, P. B. Gibbs, L. M. Misra, and J. B. Ward. 1992. Site directed mutagenesis of the photosystem I reaction center in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.  Murata, ed. Research in Photosynthesis  Vol. I: 561-564.

GOOGLE SCHOLAR PROFILE

The Garden is currently deinstalling Chihuly in the Desert and there may be temporary closures to some areas of the Garden. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Garden will be closed to the public July 4-11. We look forward to seeing you again on July 12.

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