As Director of Cultivation Science at Steep Hill, Ms. Abernethy navigates regulations and develops alliances between government agencies, grow collectives, and farmers. Her knowledge and understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biocontrol systems serve Steep Hill’s customers in solving cultivation pitfalls and passing regulatory testing.
Prior to joining the Steep Hill team, Ms. Abernethy garnered experience as a plant researcher and scientist within FDA-regulated biopharmaceutical manufacturing, largescale agrichemical, and horticultural industries. As a Cultivation Technologies Specialist with urban-gro, LLC, she established IPM programs and vetted product solutions in Cannabis cultivation facilities nationwide. She previously served as a Research Horticulturist with Denver Botanic Gardens, managing the Tissue Culture Laboratory and Chatfield Farms Research Trial Garden. In collaboration with Colorado State University and Plant Select®, she developed micropropagation procedures for multiple plant genera, provided elite mother stock to production facilities, and promoted species designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions.
Ms. Abernethy received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University with additional studies in calculus and polymer and color chemistry.