About Elizabeth's Work

Elizabeth Farnsworth was a Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS), and a biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator. She was also senior editor of the botanical journal, Rhodora. She was principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop an on-line award-winning guide to the regional flora for teaching botany (Go Botany). She previously coordinated NEWFS planning for the conservation and management of over 100 species of rare plants. She illustrated the Flora of New England (Yale University Press) and the Nature of New Hampshire with the NH Natural Heritage Bureau, and illustrated and co-wrote the award-winning Field Guide to the Ants of New England (Yale University Press). She was co-author of the Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea and the Peterson Field Guide to the Ferns. She was a member of the graduate faculties of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Rhode Island, and taught at Smith College and Hampshire College. She served as Ecologist with the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She conducted scientific research on many ecosystems throughout the world, focusing on restoration, conservation, and climate change. She was awarded a Bullard Research Fellowship by Harvard University in 2005 and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1999. She was a scientific consultant to the National Park Service, The Trustees of Reservations, U. S. Forest Service, Massachusetts and Connecticut Natural Heritage Programs, United Nations, and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. She obtained her Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, M.Sc. from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. with honors in Environmental Studies from Brown University.