Liz Thompson is an ecologist and botanist with a deep passion for nature and an abiding, lifelong interest in patterns of plant distribution. She is devoted to the conservation of special and wild places, and she makes that the keystone of her work. She is a conservation scientist with the Vermont Land Trust, where she brings nature conservation to the working landscape. She has also worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Natural Heritage Inventory. Liz studied botany and ecology at the University of Maine, the University of Michigan Biological Station, and the University of Vermont.