I am an Assistant Ecologist for the natural areas at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The natural areas I maintain at the Chicago Botanic Garden are the 100-acre McDonald’s Wood, which includes the 12-acre Barbara Brown Nature Reserve, 15-acre Dixon Prairie and the 22-acre riparian buffer of the Skokie River. My responsibilities include assisting and implementing the management goals of Senior Ecologist James J. Steffen and Senior Ecologist Joan O’Shaughnessy. Management includes but not limited to, removal of invasive species, controlled burns, tree removal, planting local genotype plants, maintaining our native nursery, and seed collection and sowing. Through my efforts, I will promote more diversity in our natural areas and limit the number of invasive species.