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Chester M Alter Arboretum

About Our Staff

Francesca Aguirre-Wong

Curator, Chester M Alter Arboretum
University of Denver
2400 S. Race Street
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-4350


BA Ecology & Biodiversity (2010), University of Denver

As curator of the arboretum, my primary role is to guide the historical development of our living plant collections. I oversee all aspects of accessioning, documentation, and nomenclatural reviews. In addition, I am involved in website and social media development.

Growing up in Florida exposed me to the beautiful and vast diversity of tropical plants and became a backbone for my interest in horticulture through my own father's personal plant collection of palms and bamboo. I received my bachelor's degree in ecology and biodiversity from the University of Denver where flowering plants and plant records became a pinpointed passion. My previous work experience includes interning at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Science and Conservation department and at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens as their BG-Base specialist. Finally, I was employed at the Denver Botanic Gardens' Research and Conservation department where I assisted in analysis of native revegetation after invasive (Tamarix ramosissima) removal and wrote a manual designed for the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium for proper utilization of BG-Base software.

When I am not hard at work at the arboretum, I am rock climbing and pursuing further studies in veterinarian medicine.