Ana Mariscal, born in Quito, has a degree in botany and extensive experience working on conservation issues at the community level throughout Ecuador. Based at the National Herbarium of Ecuador, she is currently undertaking her Ph.D. Her interests lie in forest conservation, and she has played a lead role in establishing a number of protected forests in Ecuador. During this expedition, she will lead the botanical fieldwork components and play a key role in field supervision and identification of plant species. Depending on availability, she hopes to join us in the field in 2013.