Vanessa Vobis's ecological interests began while growing up in rural Germany down the street from cow and chicken farms. Later, after emigrating to Northern California and gaining art and art history degrees from UC-Berkeley and the University of Iowa, she began filling art galleries with water, algae, and terrariums at shows across the U.S. Since her move to Los Angeles, her research lies at the intersection of education, horticulture, and art. As a Program Manager at the LA County Natural History Museum Vanessa oversees educational events related to the Museum's Nature Gardens, field research, lectures,and ongoing collaborations with scientists. Her Los Angeles career path has included insect and earthworm presentations, histories of Wardian cases at USC, as well as the co-founding of LA Green Grounds.