Kate Santos, Ph.D.

Kate has a foundational background in botany as well as over 15 years of professional horticulture experience. She earned a doctorate in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She has specialized in both academic and commercial research and development with Costa Farms, strategy and operations with Dummen Orange, and ran her own consulting firm, Kate Santos LLC. Kate joined Longwood Gardens in 2021 where she leads the organization’s science-based activities, strategically driving excellence in research, conservation, land stewardship, and ecology with local, national, and global impact.