Sara Helm Wallace has a degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. After working as a used and rare book buyer in Portland, Oregon, she was called back East to her native Pennsylvania. This experience fostered an interest in the medical world and the sciences in general, which led to her taking a position as a compounding pharmacy technician. Back to school she went, at Millersville University, concentrating in chemistry, biology, and botany courses.
She accepted a summer internship at Mt. Cuba Center, and then a one-year Flora of Pennsylvania joint internship with the Morris Arboretum and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Through this latter internship, she botanized in Pennsylvania state parks and learned the ins-and-outs of curating a 1.2-million specimen herbarium. This experience prepared her for her job as a research specialist at Longwood Gardens, where she maintained the herbarium and photographed, mapped, and pressed plants from all areas of the garden. In the Longwood Graduate Program, she hopes to gain the foundation to become a living plants curator.
Student Position: Symposium Assitant Leader