2016 Undergraduate Student Interns



Dr. Tanya Quist

Tanya M. Quist is an Associate Professor in the School of Plant Sciences. She also serves a role in Cooperative Extension as Director of the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum. Her responsibilities extend statewide in providing leadership in urban horticulture but include significant commitments on campus working with a wide range of people from UA Grounds Services and Campus Planning to mentoring student interns.
















Anabelle Baggs

B.S. Environmental Science

Minor in Studio Art, Class of 2017

Project: Anabelle has run the Campus Arboretum Facebook page since May 2016. She also writes content for the University of Arizona Arboretum website.














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Hunter Burnett

B. S. Environmental Sciences, Biosphere Sciences subplan, Plant Sciences minor, Class of 2016

Project: Hunter began working for the Campus Arboretum Fall 2014. She is responsible for post refurbishment as part of our sign replacement project this year. She is also responsible for completing literature reviews for the species description pages on our website.















Matthew Buster

B.S. Sustainable Plant Systems

Minor in Photography, Class of 2017

Project: Matthew has worked for the Campus Arboretum as a photographer since May 2016. He also founded and runs the Arboretum Instagram account.





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Stephanie Castro

B.S. Environmental Sciences, Class of 2017

Project: Stephanie initiated a major project in Fall 2015 to inventory the shrubs on campus. Her work included collecting voucher specimens for the UA Herbarium which will provide a reference set in identifying and mapping all other specimens on the grounds.











Jake Calegari


B.S. Sustainable Built Environments

Minor in Geographic Information Science, Class of 2017

Jake has worked as a summer intern for the Campus Arboretum. He has updated and maintained the Campus Arboretum GIS database, adding and removing hundreds of trees and shrubs in the database. His efforts have contributed to a more current web representation of campus plants on the database and more useful interactive public map.














Teresa DeKoker


M.S. Agricultural Education, Class of 2016

Project: Teresa played a major role in coordinating work on the shrub inventory project. She developed protocols for systematically mapping work, identifying unknown species and communicating map changes to the database manager.









Sequoia Fischer


B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2017

B.A. 3-D Studio Art, Class of 2017

Project: Sequoia has worked for the Campus Arboretum as photographer since January 2014. She has completed more than 3000 gorgeous photographs. Her work included editing, naming and uploading botanically identifying species photos to the Campus Arboretum website’s species description pages.










Jason De Leeuw


B.S. Sustainable Plant Systems, Class of 2017.

Project: Jason began working with the Campus Arboretum in May 2014 when he headed up the project to map and create signs for the fruit trees in the orchard at Biosphere 2, a joint project between the Campus Arboretum and B2. Currently, Jason is working on the shrub inventory project for the Campus Arboretum.














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Tracey Till


B.S. Plant Sciences, Class of 2016.

Project: Tracey began working with the Campus Arboretum in 2014. She contributed many hours to planting dozens of new trees, ensuring they were watered until irrigation was installed and installing botanical signs for more than 500 trees. She also applied her practical knowledge in plant science to writing articles for the Campus Arboretum newsletter.













Tyler Boris


B.S. Urban and Regional Development, Class of 2017.

Minor in Geographic Information Science

Tyler works with the Campus Arboretum's GIS Database. He ensures all trees and shrubs are accessioned properly and mapped so that our inventory is always current and readily available for use by the University, the arboretum and the public.











Caitlin Brown


B. S. Sustainable Plant Systems, Class of 2017.

Project: Caitlin is responsible for several outreach events each year. She develops curriculum content and designs delivery mechanisms that engage a wide range of audiences in learning about urban tree conservation and stewardship.











Jamie Daiek


B. S. Natural Resources, Wildlife Conservation, Class of 2018.

Project: Jamie has responsibilty for all aspects of grounds work ranging from installation of signs and trees to coordinating repairs and work with the University grounds services. Her role is integrated with the GIS Database manager and she also works closely with the students responsible for shrub inventory.