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Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist
Julia Brokaw in front of a patch of sunflowers

Julia Brokaw is a Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist within Xerces focused on a project in coordination with the USDA-NRCS. She is working on an effort to add plant-pollinator information to the PLANTS database to support conservation professionals, researchers and the public. She has a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied ground-nesting bee ecology, prescribed burning, tallgrass prairie restoration and seed mix design. She also studied conservation policy with a focus on environmental justice issues within pollinator conservation efforts. Prior to her graduate work, she studied pollinators in New York apple orchards, the deserts of California, and on blueberry farms in Michigan. Outside of work, she enjoys learning how to propagate native plants and being involved in local community projects.