Greenhouse: Staff

Greenhouse Manager: Maura Brown

In 2014 the College of Natural Sciences reorganized the management structure of its greenhouse facilities and realigned this function under the Dean’s operations team. The College of Natural Sciences was fortunate to hire Maura Brown as the Morrill Greenhouse Manager. Maura’s lifelong interest in plants compelled her to pursue her Bachelors Degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts and since graduating in 2008 organic farming and greenhouse management have been her love and vocation.

For 5 years Maura was the greenhouse manager of a local garden store where she became acquainted with tropicals, ferns, succulents, cacti and orchids in addition to the perennials, shrubs, trees and alpines she was responsible for. During that time she was lucky enough to obtain more knowledge of orchids from the late and well-loved local expert Bill Hutchinson.

Maura is excited to apply and expand her knowledge and she continues to familiarize herself with the collection and the requirements of both faculty and students who utilize the facility for research, teaching and outreach purposes. She can be reached by email at mlbrown@umass.edu or by phone at (413) 545-0417 or (413) 824-0707.

Assistant Greenhouse Manager: Daniel Jones:

Dan obtained his Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts and has been working in the Morrill Science Greenhouses for many years in one capacity or another. As a student he was hired as a weekend waterer. His curiosity about the plants and understanding allowed him to work his way into the weekday schedule as a student assistant. In 2013 upon graduating from the University we were fortunate enough to be able to hire him into his current position. With his appreciation and excitement in working with the plant collection he was our obvious choice. Much of Dan’s knowledge has been learned through his experience, guidance of the previous superintendent and observation. Dan is extremely happy to be a part of the Morrill Sciences Greenhouse team and is enthusiastic about making it the best it can be.

Other Staff

All of the CNS Greenhouses are operated under the direction of Chris Joyner the CNS Greenhouse Superintendent. Chris is a member of the CNS Dean’s Office Operations team. Michael Formosi the Curator of the Durfee Conservatory will also be assisting in an advisory capacity. In addition we also have several part-time student workers who are trained by Maura and Dan to assist with routine but essential tasks such as weekend/holiday watering and general clean-up.