Claudia Knab-Vispo received her Ph.D in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. She studied ethnobotany along the Caura River of Venezuela before becoming botanist and co-director of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. Much of Claudia’s work has looked at the interaction of plants and human land uses, including various types of farming. Currently, she is using fieldwork and a historical flora of the county to locate botanically-special areas of the county's agriculturally-shaped landscape. She leads on-farm botanical walks to help people see the natural aspects of farmland.