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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Dense Spike-primrose (Epilobium densiflorum) in Canada

Biographical Summary of Report Writers

Matt Fairbarns has a B.Sc. in Botany from the University of Guelph (1980). He has worked on rare species and ecosystem mapping, inventory and conservation in western Canada for approximately 20 years.

Brenda Costanzo has an M.Sc. (Botany) from the University of Victoria (1994). She was the Assistant Curator of the Herbarium at the University of Victoria (UVIC) from 1989 until 2001. Brenda has done extensive fieldwork in botany and recently worked on the preparation of fact sheets for “Plants at Risk in Garry Oak and Associated Ecosystems” for the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT). She is currently the Species at Risk Recovery Team Coordinator for forest dependent species at the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection in Victoria.

Adolf Ceska, Pro. Biol. (Charles, Prague), Ph.D. (Victoria) is a botanist and plant ecologist. He is a recently semi-retired and free-lance consultant, former Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Curator of Botany in the Royal British Columbia Museum and Program Ecologist, Conservation Data Centre. He is the author of several floristic and taxonomic papers and treatments, co-inventor of a computer technique for vegetation classification and an electronic publisher of BEN (Botanical Electronic News). His personal herbarium of over 30,000 specimens is deposited in the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Oldriska Ceska, Pro.Biol. (equivalent to=M.Sc.) Charles University in Prague. Oldriska Ceska is a tireless field botanist with extensive experience throughout the Pacific Northwest. Mrs. Ceska has over 35 years experience in ecological research, mycology, and botany, with special emphasis on rare plant inventory and surveys. As a chemotaxonomist she developed techniques for chemical identifications of water milfoils and discovered the yet undescribed chemical compound coriandrin from cilantro. She has participated in numerous floristic and vegetation studies throughout British Columbia, focusing on cryptogams, fungi, and taxonomically difficult plants. She has taken part in many professional field trips throughout the Pacific Northwest in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. She has authored or co-authored over 50 papers, many of them in reviewed scientific journals.