Kimiora Ward is the Restoration Program Coordinator in IAE’s Southwest Branch in Santa Fe, NM. She studies methods for improving the effectiveness of habitat restoration through plant selection and development of establishment and maintenance techniques. Her duties include overseeing restoration research and implementation in diverse habitats in New Mexico, as well as developing conservation strategies for rare species in the state. As such, she hopes to build capacity in the IAE SW Branch for increased consideration of pollinators in restoration.
Previously, Kimiora managed a large research program asking how incorporation of native wildflower plantings in California and other key regions nationally can help conserve diversity of native bee populations and increase sustainability of crop pollination at UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. She received her BS in Zoology and her MS in Botany from the University of Washington. Her thesis work examined the evolutionary basis of population differentiation at small spatial scales in variable linanthus (Leptosiphon parviflorus) in California serpentine grasslands. Kimiora has eighteen years of experience in natural resource management, native plant materials development, ecological research and program management. In addition to her research management experience at UC Davis, she has worked for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the King County Noxious Weed Control Program and she managed the Seed Increase Program at IAE Corvallis from 2005-2007.