Ashlee is the Plant Conservation and Restoration Specialist for the IAE Southwest Seed Partnership, supported by the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management. She has ten field seasons of botany experience in desert and forest ecosystems of Arizona, including work in rare plant conservation, seed collection, post-fire monitoring and rehabilitation, and botanical inventories. She recently completed her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy at Northern Arizona University where she worked in arid grasslands on the Arizona Strip to study the impacts of cattle grazing and long-term grazing exclusion on native plant communities. She is fascinated by the structure of grasses, and thinks of seeds as perfect and beautiful biologic units. She is most happy when wandering around and botanizing in wild places, but also enjoys line-dancing, bread-making or curling up with a good book.