Nick Jensen

Nick Jensen


Nick currently serves as the Southern California Conservation Analyst for the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). In this position he advocates for the conservation of native plants and habitats in a region that is home to more than 28 million people in 10 counties and adjacent portions of northern Baja California, Mexico. Nick earned his BS degree in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis, and recently completed his PhD in botany at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG)/Claremont Graduate University. As a graduate student Nick produced the first Flora of Tejon Ranch, documenting plant diversity on California’s largest contiguous piece of private land. He also studied evolutionary patterns in perennial Streptanthus (jewelflowers). From 2006-2010, he was employed by CNPS, first as a Vegetation Program Assistant, and later as the Rare Plant Program Director. Nick has also worked as a botanist for the U.S. Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry. He has taught botany classes to professionals and interested members of the public for CNPS, RSABG, the Jepson Herbarium, and Theodore Payne Foundation. As a volunteer he has served on the CNPS Rare Plant Program Committee and the board of Southern California Botanists, serving as president in 2015-16. He feels strongly that, in a rapidly changing world, scientists will play an important role in designing networks of conserved land. These conserved lands will provide plants and animals habitat necessary for survival, while also providing humanity with the ecosystem services necessary for a high quality of life. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, rock climbing, and photographing wildflowers, activities that are often not mutually exclusive.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Conservation Program Director
California Native Plant Society
Conservation Science & Biology

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