Wendy C. Hodgson is Herbarium Curator, Research Botanist and botanical illustrator at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, where she has worked for nearly 40 years. Wendy’s areas of interest and research include southwest United States and northern Mexico floristics, rare and endemic plants of Arizona, taxonomy and systematics of Agave and Yucca, and Sonoran Desert ethnobotany. She is also currently documenting and investigating 1) plants within Grand Canyon National Park (including the evolution and distribution of certain plant groups as affected by the unique factors characteristic of this area), 2) plants and plant communities along the 800-mile Arizona Trail, and 3) southwest U.S. cacti.
She was coordinator for the Cactus family treatment for Intermountain Flora and is presently co-coordinator for the Cactus Family of Arizona project by Desert Botanical Garden research staff and research associates. She is an avid plant collector who strives towards assembling high quality herbarium specimens in difficult groups like Agavaceae and Cactaceae. She believes in the power of education and changing peoples’ lives for the better through the world of plants.