Mark Fishbein – Associate Professor of Botany and Director, Oklahoma State University Herbarium (OKLA, since 2009); former Director, Portland State University Herbarium (HPSU, 2005-2009) and Mississippi State University Herbarium (MISSA, 2001-2005); BS, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (1988); PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson (1996). Research interests: plant systematics (primarily Apocynaceae and especially Asclepias), phylogenetics, genomics, pollination ecology, evolution of plant defenses, hybridization, biogeography and floristics (especially western US and Mexico); 36 peer-reviewed articles (63 total publications). Professional societies: Society of Herbarium Curators (former Executive Board member), American Society of Plant Taxonomists (former council member), Botanical Society of America, Sociedad Botánica de México, Society of Systematic Biologists (Associate Editor, Systematic Biology), California Botanical Society, Society for the Study of Evolution, Oklahoma Academy of Science.
Lucinda McDade – Executive Director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (since 2013), Judith B. Friend Director of Research, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (since 2006), Professor & Chair, Department of Botany, Claremont Graduate University (since 2006). B.S., Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (1975); Ph.D., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (1980). Research interests: Acanthaceae, systematics, evolution, pollination biology, flora of California [70 research publications]. Professional societies and service (last ten years only): American Society of Plant Taxonomists (member; member, Investment Committee [1998-‐present]), Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (member), Botanical Society of America (member; Council chair [2010-‐2012]), Society for the Study of Evolution (member), Society for Systematic Biology (member), National Science Foundation (service on multiple panels; co-‐ convener, workshops on the Future of Systematics and Biodiversity Research [2010-2012]), Philadelphia Botanical Club (vice-‐president [2004-‐2005]). Herbarium experience: curator at ARIZ (1992-‐2001), PH (2001-‐2006), currently supervise Collections Manager at RSA-‐POM; compactorized ARIZ (~330K specimens, at that time), completely rehoused PH (~1.5M specimens); implemented multiple large-‐scale back-‐log and digitization projects; currently PI on NSF-‐CSBR grant to the Consortium of California Herbaria.