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Rebecca Collings

Conservation Ecologist

Keller Science Action Center

Rebecca is a Chicago native who specializes in the ecology and restoration of Midwestern natural communities and in connecting people to local conservation and stewardship efforts.  At The Field Museum Rebecca teaches plant identification courses for local community groups, leads and participates in volunteer stewardship workdays, and assists partners in developing management plans for their natural areas.  She works to make the museum's collections accessible and relevant to the local conservation community through vplants (, Keys to Nature (, and rapid color guides.  Additionally, her professional interests include Midwestern flora, native pollinators, and native landscaping. Rebecca has also worked with the Chicago Park District as a Volunteer Stewardship Coordinator and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory as a Field Ecologist.

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BA, Environmental Studies, The Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder, 2001

MS, Resource Ecology and Management, The University of Michigan, 2006