Jessica Smith is a botanist focusing on Colorado's rare plants, conducting plant population monitoring and assessments of natural areas across the state. With almost 20 years of experience, she has assessed plant communities and populations in a variety of ecosystems around the country, with eight years of experience specific to the Colorado flora. Ms. Smith holds a M.S. degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland. She served on the board of directors for the Colorado Native Plant Society for five years, and enjoys teaching grass identification field courses.