Wesley Knapp has over 20 years of experience in the Natural Heritage Network as a Botanist and Ecologist with both the Maryland and North Carolina Natural Heritage Programs. He has extensive field experience across much of the United States with additional fieldwork experience in Australia, Canada, and Central America. His research includes the first examination of the extinct plants of the United States and Canada, new plant species descriptions, and treatments of various plant groups in various Floras and Manuals. His research interests include identifying and preventing plant extinction events, describing undescribed plant species, systematics, ecology, and taxonomy. He has a B.S. from Catawba College, a M.S. from Delaware State University and is currently a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.