Gretel Kiefer


B.A., Art & Biology, Grinnell College, 1995
M.S., Plant Conservation, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2000.


I planted my first Echinacea angustifolia plant in 1997. Since then I have been involved in many aspects of the Echinacea Project. Currently my role in the project involves designing data entry forms for handheld computers, training and supervising team members, ensuring that approx. 14,634 Echinacea in the experimental plots are measured each field season, and managing the ever expanding project database. Bottom line: every summer I am outside working to understand the prairie ecosystem that I find so fascinating.