Linda Howard is a botanist and doctoral student in the Biology and Society program at Arizona State University where she is co-advised by Dr. Beth Polidoro and Dr. Kathleen Pigg. She has extensive experience in Sonoran Desert flora, and recently has researched drought tolerance and seed longevity for the rare and endangered Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva. Over the past year, Linda has worked to compile and vet the first taxonomically complete list of approximately 4,000 plants estimated to be present in the Sonoran Desert. She has worked informally with Red List assessments over the past several years, and is currently working towards completing the IUCN Red List online training course. Her research interests are plant conservation, conservation policy, and assessing the application of conservation research in public policymaking. As part of her dissertation work, Linda will be coordinating and completing Red List assessments for a number of plant groups in the Sonoran Desert to help build a picture of species richness, abundance, and endemism in the Sonoran Desert.