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Nancy Braker

Nancy Braker ’81

  • Puzak Family Director of the Cowling Arboretum, 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 serveral years in seasonal postions with The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, Masssachusetts 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 managment. 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

 

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Biology

Nancy Braker (BA Carleton; MS University of Minnesota - Entomology) is a conservation biologist.  She has 20 years of experience working for The Nature Conservancy in land management, conservation planning, and monitoring of rare species populations, specializing in management of fire adapted natural communities.  Nancy oversees all aspects of management of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie, and works with faculty, students and outside users on research and use of the properties.

Profile updated July 4, 2017

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