Hello! I’m Catherine Hu, a Master’s student studying Environmental Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this blog, I will write about the work I’m doing for my Master’s placement at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) from February to August 2017. My placement focuses on ecological restoration of a dry-mesic woodland at SNR. I assist in invasive species removal, prescribed burns, seed collection, and vegetation monitoring. In addition, I help lead volunteer workdays and interpret restoration to the public by building a stewardship website for SNR.

My long-term goals are to work in natural area restoration and management as well as environmental outreach. For my placement, my goals are to gain hands-on restoration experience, plant identification skills, knowledge of various ecosystems, and an understanding of how public gardens operate.

For more information on my M.S. program, visit their website.

Shaw Nature Reserve is a 2,400 acre site located about 40 minutes west of St. Louis, MO. It encompasses various lower Midwest ecosystems including prairies, woodlands, glades, and wetlands. It is also home to the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, a beautiful display of native Missouri plants.