As the Plant Recorder at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Jessica Goehler serves as the funnel and filter for the Living Plant Collections data base. Name validation, data cleanup, and accession organization are her primary duties. Jessica also organizes the What’s In Bloom and the Plant Finder data entry volunteer teams, both projects provide phenological information to guests via the Garden’s website and the Garden Guide App.
Originally, a native to northeast Ohio, Jessica has earned a BA in Plant Biology and Environmental Studies from Ohio University and a MA in Urban Geography and GIS from Chicago State University. Jessica has experimented in many botanical areas including ecological work with the National Park Service in rural Idaho, conservatory, residential and public horticulture in Ohio, Illinois, and California, and plant surveying and documentation in Illinois, California, and Colorado. Jessica currently serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy for the American Public Garden Association.