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Diana Soteropoulos


(703) 908-1800 ext. 8921

Diana Soteropoulos is a botanist at NatureServe. Previously, Diana was the botanist, collections manager, and Arkansas herbarium digitization coordinator with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC). In addition to field experience throughout the Southeast and Mid-South United States, Diana has extensive experience with biodiversity data creation and curation through several natural history collection data management systems. Diana's research interests include plant species co-occurrence, floristic quality, and using community science and field surveys to close knowledge gaps in plant species distribution. Diana's work with community scientists has included digitizing herbarium specimens (imaging, transcribing, and georeferencing) and administering two iNaturalist projects, ANHC - Natural Areas Inventory and Arkansas Plants of Conservation Concern. Digitizing historical records and documenting current biodiversity through iNaturalist expands our ability to analyze biodiversity patterns throughout Arkansas and its system of natural areas, find state records, and extract records of rare species for inclusion in the Heritage Program Database. She has a B.S. from Winthrop University, an M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Arkansas State University.