Anne Frances, Ph.D., Lead Botanist at NatureServe, sets priorities for and guides the activities of NatureServe’s Botany Department. Her role includes overseeing Global Rank Reviews and Climate Change Vulnerability Index Assessments for all plant species. She currently serves as the North American Plant Red List Authority and has collaborated on Red List projects such as the Global Cactus Assessment and updated the conservation status of rare orchids in the United States.
Previously, Anne worked as field botanist for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Institute for Regional Conservation, as well as conducted independent field research in Costa Rica and Florida. Her diverse interests and over 20 years of experience in native plant conservation, ethnobotany, and restoration ecology help her in coordinating NatureServe's efforts to protect rare plants and their ecosystems. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Master's from Florida International University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Currently, Anne serves as Affiliate Faculty at George Mason University.