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Nancy Braker

Nancy Braker ’81

  • Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Arb Studies, Biology

Education & Professional History

After completing my degree at Carleton (biology major) I attended the University of Minnesota, earning a MS from their Entomology Department. While most entomologists work on dealing with insect pests, my interests have been in the conservation of endangered insects.  I worked for several years in seasonal positions with The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, conducting surveys for rare insects and developing site conservation plans for the places where they were found. Wisconsin was my home for close to 20 years while I worked for the Conservancy, primarily in land management and conservation planning, with a focus on invasive species issues and fire management. I was delighted to return to Carleton in 2007 to fill the newly created position of Arboretum Director.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Natural Areas Association

Society of Conservation Biology

The Nature Conservancy

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage: Serve on the committee as appointed by the DNR Commissioner


Profile updated February 20, 2018

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