About Denise

Denise Culver has been an ecologist/botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program since 1995. She has been working in the ecology/botany field since 1987. Prior to working for CNHP she worked for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the Montana Natural Heritage Program. Additionally, she worked for the National Park Service in several parks and monuments as a resource management ranger for five years. She has a B.S. degree in Botany from University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. She has been the project leader for over 20 Colorado county surveys for critical biological resources and is lead author for the Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants: Identification, Ecology and Conservation. She is active in a variety of activities including Colorado Native Plant Society and Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener and Native Plant Master Programs.



  • Vegetation ecology, rare plants, wetland plants


MS, Botany - Montana State University
Bozeman, MT, 1994

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Distinguished Administrative Professional , 2017