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Who We Are

Ari Novy, Ph.D.

Executive Director
U.S. Botanic Garden

As the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Dr. Ari Novy is responsible for leading and planning the USBG's day-to-day operations and major programs. Dr. Novy is a plant biologist who brings a wide range of expertise in plant science and education to the USBG.

Prior to being promoted to his current position in 2014, Dr. Novy served as the USBG's Deputy Executive Director in 2013 and the Public Programs Manager in 2012.

Before his employment with the USBG, Dr. Novy worked as a Graduate Research Fellow at Rutgers University where he conducted research on plant population genetics, invasive species, plant conservation, horticultural improvement, agronomic risk assessment, beekeeping management, plant evolution, and agricultural economics and policy. He also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on a variety of plant science and horticultural topics, winning several awards for research, teaching and outreach excellence. He holds an appointment as a research collaborator at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Botany Department.

Dr. Novy has also worked as an estate gardener in Italy, researched sustainable agriculture in the Philippines, and served as an environmental consultant on infrastructure projects in the northeastern United States. He began his career in student support services with New York University in 2000.

Dr. Novy completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University in 2000 and his doctorate at Rutgers University in 2012.