Mission & History of  The Arboretum

Sheila Murray Sheila Murray

Research Botanist

Sheila’s main interests are the rare and endangered plants of the Colorado Plateau, and she contributes to The Arboretum’s mission by collecting, growing, and studying these native plants.  Sheila grew up in the small ghost town of Jerome, AZ and has always had a love of the outdoors.  She moved to Flagstaff to pursue a career in the natural sciences, and received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northern Arizona University.  She has been on the plant research track at The Arboretum since 2001.  When she finds free time, she enjoys river rafting, hiking, cross-country skiing, creating botanical illustrations and indulging in other forms of artwork.  Most of her free time activities inevitably include botany in some fashion.