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Heidi Petersen

Research and Communications

Heidi joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in 2016. She has a BA in History from Michigan State University, and an MLA from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she was named a 2014 University Olmsted Scholar focusing her studies on the design of pollinator rich, diverse urban ecologies and the potential of vacant and degraded urban landscapes. Prior to joining NBW, she had research projects with the American Society of Landscape Architects on the health benefits of nature and the role of the designer in creating opportunities for people to engage with nature in cities; with the Chicago Botanic Garden collecting data in their evaluation garden on the best perennial plants for use on rooftops; wrote for ASLA's blog The Dirt; taught back-yard beekeeping classes in Chicago; and is a proud alumna of the Student Conservation Association, where she spent a summer building a hiking trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.