Kristie Wendelberger is a conservation plant ecologist and the Foundation’s Outdoor Education and Outreach Coordinator. She has worked in South Florida for 13 years on a range of conservation issues relating to rare plant and ecosystem ecology. Kristie obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Environmental and Plant Biology in 1998. After obtaining her degree, she traveled and studied ecological issues in South Carolina, Florida, Bolivia, Costa Rica, California and then, returned to South Florida where she worked for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Florida and Native Plant Conservation Team. She moved on to earn her master’s degree in Ecology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2010. Kristie recently graduated with her PhD in Biology from Florida International University, where she was looking at the effects of sea level rise and Everglades drying on coastal plant communities in the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park. During her graduate career, she had the opportunity to teach ecology classes to undergraduates leading them into the Everglades showing them the beauty of our local natural environment.