Dr. Nancy Vivrette

Dr. Nancy Vivrette earned a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from UCSB and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Physiology. After serving as an assistant professor of Botany at UC Berkeley, Nancy spent the majority of her career studying seed quality and germination requirements. She worked as a seed analyst at Ransom Seed Laboratory for 27 years, while active in several seed societies and associations, including the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists and Association of Official Seed Analysts. She also produced many publications on seed dormancy.

She is a current Research Associate at SBBG, focusing on germination and dormancy of native seed and plant taxonomy. Her long term research transect at Fraser Point on Santa Cruz Island has generated 32 years of data regarding long-term changes in vegetation. She is a contributor to the Flora of North America, and along with her husband Bob Haller, she updated the conifer section for the revised Jepson Manual. Nancy is also an avid birder.