Dr. Megan Wilkerson believes that everyone has an inner botanist, patiently waiting to be watered. Under optimal conditions, agriculture can be used to educate, inspire, and bring communities together. Megan created the Savvy Botanist to awaken the future generations of agricultural stewards.
Currently, Megan teaches Climate Change and Carbon Reduction at the University of District of Columbia and serves as Chief of the Pesticides Branch at the Department of Energy and Environment in Washington, DC. In the nation’s capital, Wilkerson’s team empowers DC residents by regulating toxic substances and the surrounding environment. In 2019, Megan was a Plant Scientist at Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and managed the overall plant health on Capitol Hill and the surrounding 300 acres. She brings twelve years of experience in managing programs and agricultural landscapes in domestic and international settings.
Dr. Wilkerson received two Doctorates from Penn State University (PSU), in Entomology and International Agriculture & Development. Megan also holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She specializes in green infrastructure, urban sustainability, knowledge transfer, integrated pest management, social impact assessment, and community capacity building.
During her career, Megan researched in India, Trinidad and Tobago, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique, and South Africa. In 2016, Wilkerson was awarded a USDA Fellowship and spent 2 years in Ghana. During her residency, Megan collaborated with local farmers to develop pesticide alternatives. Dr. Wilkerson worked directly with USAID, USDA, World Cocoa Foundation, and the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture to examine knowledge retention and supervise training programs. She has a 100% pass rate among pesticide certification participants and is certified in CORE, Turf 3B, Ornamental 3A, Public Health 8, and Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Related Pest Control 7E.