Dr. Kris Haskins holds her PhD in Biological Sciences from NAU, and has published several papers in scientific journals, working alongside NAU faculty and researchers. Her work at The Arboretum at Flagstaff focuses on conservation of rare and endangered plants of the Colorado Plateau and greater southwest—and also on producing education programs about plants and environmental stewardship for Arboretum visitors, schoolchildren, and our community. One of her most recent projects involved educating landowners affected by the Schultz Fire and floods about restoration utilizing native plants.
She is Assistant Project Director for an NSF grant-funded project (a collaboration among The Arboretum, NAU, and other institutions), the Southwestern Experimental Garden Array (SEGA), which studies plants’ adaptations to climate change in a variety of environments. Related to SEGA, she is part of the Arboretum team that is developing outreach programs and middle-school curricula about climate change, a project funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
She joined the Board of Directors for the Festival of Science in Flagstaff in 2011, and serves as Chair of the Education Committee, working with teachers and scientists on the In-School Speaker Program. She herself presented a program entitled “Extremely Cool Plant Adaptations” to 325+ K-5 students during the 2013 Festival of Science. Since 2011, she has worked with Sinagua Middle School’s “Science in the Classroom” mentorship program, and served as a mentor for NAU’s REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in 2013. She has a passion for sharing her science and conservation studies and efforts with both students and adults. She says, in Flagstaff, we must work on “educating landowners, managers and anyone who will listen about the use of native plants to combat invasive weed species and preserve the landscape.”