is the current Curator of the Cochise County Herbarium.
James trained and worked as an archaeologist in the southwest, identifying
plant remains in archaeological assemblages, and determining the
relationships between people, plants and the environment. Much of his time
is spent out west, working in historic restoration as a full time job.
Since 2010, he has collected and identified numerous plant specimens for
the CCH, and was enlisted by Cecile Lumer to collect plants for the Ash
Canyon Fire Study. Some of his favorite places to visit and study plants
are in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico.
previously served as the Curator of the Cochise County Herbarium. He is a retired civilian from the Department
of the Navy, where he worked as advisor to the users of airborne electronics intelligence collecting systems. Bob enjoys
travel. He and his wife, on their own, have visited 16 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Bob also enjoys
birding. He has seen over 1300 species of birds. Besides being an active swimmer, bicyclist, and runner, he also enjoys
collecting and studying plants. Prior to coming to Sierra Vista, Bob and his wife lived for five years in Mexico.
has been involved in botany and native plant medicine in southern Arizona and northern Mexico for
over 30 years. Her extensive career includes illustrating several botanical books, monitoring endangered
species and conducting botanical inventories. Today, she teaches classes, leads plant walks and workshops
with a focus on plant identification, habitat awareness, local plant medicine, and the uses of plant/flower
essences. Mimi prepares herbal extracts, has a consultation practice and continues doing botanical
inventories. Her association with the Cochise County Herbarium brings a particularly joyful focus to her
life-long work with plants.
is retired after teaching health, biology and ecology for 32 years for Sierra
Vista Public Schools. Now that she has time to indulge her interest in the natural world, she is
volunteering at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, as well as the Cochise County Herbarium
where she is becoming more familiar with local flora with the help of Cecile, Cindy and Mimi. She has
enjoyed observing ecosystems in Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Australia.
grew up on the east side of Tucson discovering the plants and animals of the desert. His childhood
knowledge of the Southeastern Arizona desert and mountains developed into a love for all the plants and animals that inhabit them. With
the coming of the digital camera he quickly started photographing those plants and animals. His photographs of the area have won ribbons
from the Huachuca and Tombstone Art Associations. His nature photographs are used by the Friends of the San Pedro River, Friends of the
Huachuca Mountains, Arizona Native Plant Society, Huachuca Audubon Society and now the Cochise County Herbarium whom he says helped him
greatly in identifying the plants he photographs in Cochise County.
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Honorary Staff and Volunteers
The following individuals have made substantial contributions to the Cochise County
Herbarium over the years.
, a native New Yorker, has a Ph.D. in Botany with a specialization in pollination and
plant-animal interactions. She has lived and conducted research in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Papua New
Guinea, Mexico, and New Mexico. A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, she now lives in New York where she continues
to indulge her passion for plants. She is the former Curator of the Cochise County Herbarium, which she initiated in 2002.
was born near Spring Valley, Minnesota. He joined the US Navy at 17 and bought his first 35mm
camera. His travels and photography took him to islands through out the Pacific. During the remainder of
his working career as an Electronic Technical Representative and Federal Employee, Dave lived and
photographed in the Middle East, Europe, Far East and North America. His specialties are landscapes, scenics
and close-up (Macro) photography. Dave volunteers his camera and time to Coronado National Memorial, Friends
of the San Pedro River, The Nature Conservancy and Cochise County Herbarium. Dave and wife Cathy live in
Sierra Vista, Arizona.
has lived in the Sierra Vista area for four years. She moved here from Seattle
after retiring from a 27 year career as a research scientist. She originally chose this area because it
is one of the top bird watching locations in the country, but has since discovered the wonderful plants
and natural history of the area. Cindy also volunteers for the Nature Conservancy at Ramsey Canyon
Preserve, and she and her partner spent 15 months as the on-the-site hosts for the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek
Preserve in Patagonia. Their passion for bird watching has taken them to many exotic locations including
Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.