Master’s of Applied AnthropologyUniversity of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • Degree Earned: May 2020
  • Faculty Advisor: L. Jen Shaffer, Ph.D.
  • Focus: Applied Ethnobotany, Food Anthropology, Museum Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental PolicyFordham University, Bronx, NY

  • Degree Earned: May 2014
  • Thesis: “Growing Roots: Gardening as a means to mitigate urban poverty and its symptoms” 

Work Experience

San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, TX  (Sept 2020-Present)

  • Conservation and Volunteer Programs Specialist: Administer SAWS Water Conservation Program and maximize the contract through developing and implementing adult education programming. Support the volunteer program and responsible for recruiting, managing, and training a dedicated group of touring volunteers.

University of Maryland: David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD (Aug 2018-Sept 2020)

  • Editor & Content Manager: Contract supporting general museum operations, website management, and development of “David C. Driskell Papers” online archival exhibition celebrating the legacy of Prof. Driskell. 
  • Graduate Assistant: African American Art Museum and Archive. Responsibilities included: office administration, staff management, editing, website management, student engagement, and development (grant writing/reporting, donor correspondence, and managing guest experience at events). Supported the completion of five art exhibitions and planning multiple future exhibitions (development, installation, tours, event planning, and content creation).

International Rescue Committee, Baltimore, MD (March 2016-Aug 2018)

  • New Roots Specialist: Managed the Baltimore, MD branch of a national refugee holistic health program. Ran three urban gardens, managed farmers’ market partnership program, mental health programming, nutritional education, ethnographic research, community engagement, and development (grant prospecting, writing, and implementation). Managed part-time staff and extensive, highly rated, internship program.

Scansite, Inc., San Rafael, CA (June 2015 – March 2016) 

  • Business Development Manager: Running daily office operations, production of media, assist CEO in all matters of 3D scanning company. My primary focus was museum collaboration and development. 
  • Scanning Technician: Editing 3D data in GeoMagic Studio for 3D printing, reverse engineering, digital use, etc. 

The Phoenix Collection, Lagunitas, CA (Dec 2014 – April 2015) 

  • Tea Associate: Assisted with all operations of high-end Chinese tea import and distribution company. Education, marketing, packaging, tea tasting/analysis, buying directly from producers in Fujian, China. 

Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station, Rensselaerville, NY (June- Aug 2014) 

  • Residential Coordinator and Field Teaching Assistant: Supervised High School students at an Ecological Research camp. Managed meal planning and preparation, educational activities, and aided students with research projects. 
  • Research Assistant: Surveyed deer exclosures for the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance. 

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY              

  • Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden (Mar-Nov 2013)
    • Gardening Workshop Instructor: Introduced classes to gardening through planting and composting activities and garden explorations. Assisted with the maintenance of the site and developed programs.
    • Dig, Plant, Grow Instructor: Developed programs and guided families through garden activities. 
  • Wild Medicine Exhibition (May-Sept 2013) 
    • Public Education Interpretive Station Intern: Planner and interpreter for conservatory ethnobotanical exhibit. 

Volunteer & Service Experience

St. Rose’s Urban Vegetable Garden, Bronx, NY (Mar 2012–May 2014) 

  • Garden Manager & Co-founder: Garden on Fordham University Rose Hill campus. Established spring 2012. Responsibilities: Community outreach, garden development, grant and proposal writing, volunteer coordination. 

Concourse House Women’s Shelter, Bronx, NY (Sept 2013-May 2014) 

  • Garden Manager: Tier Two Women’s shelter with garden plots used in education, relaxation, and horticulture therapy. Responsibilities: General gardening, spring season planning, developing programs for residents. 

Fordham University Emergency Medical Services, Bronx, NY (Sept 2010- Dec 2013) 

  • Director (Apr 2012–Apr 2013): All administrative decisions of collegiate ambulance organization. Created, updated, and implemented policies, and wrote grants. 


Why Food?: The Importance of Food Consideration in Refugee Resettlement (submitted to Gastronomica for review)

  • By: Maeve Bassett, M.A.A.

Meta-Foraging: Seasonality of Online Searches for Forage Information in Two Urban Communities (in  progress)

  • By: Maeve Bassett, M.A.A. and Jen L. Shaffer, Ph.D.

Chiltepin and the Chile Queens: An exploration of San Antonio Texas through Tex-Mex (in  progress)

  • By: Maeve Bassett, M.A.A.

Talks & Workshops

March 2020: Anthro+ Conference – University of Maryland, College Park

  • Meta-Foraging: Ethnobotanical foraging knowledge acquisition and transfer in a digital world”

March 2020: M.A.A. Colloquium – University of Maryland, College Park

March 2019: Anthro+ Conference – University of Maryland, College Park

  • Anthropology in Action: Non-Profit Refugee Holistic Health Programming”

September 2014: Achievement First Charter School – Brooklyn, NY 

  • “Understanding Worms” 

July 2014: Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station 

  • “Introduction to Ethnobotany through analysis of Theobroma cacao” 
  • “Identifying Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants” 

March 2014: Concourse House Women’s Shelter: Invited to give a lecture and lead a discussion 

  • Educating Pre-School Age Kids through Garden Interaction”