Walter Fertig

Walter Fertig

Assistant Curator, IU Herbarium

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  • Smith Research Center 130C
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  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming


For the past 25 years my research has focused on applied conservation biology of the floras of Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. My work has involved demographic monitoring and mapping of populations of rare plant species, developing and field testing potential habitat and distribution models for native plant species, developing methods to identify and prioritize plant species according to their risk of extinction, and conducting gap analyses of the protected status of all plant taxa at state and regional scales.

From 1992-2001 I was the state botanist for the Wyoming natural heritage program and maintained a database on the distribution of rare plant species in that state. In 2002 I became the lead ecologist for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Utah and conducted research on rangeland ecology. From 2004-2013 I ran my own botanical and ecological consulting business in southern Utah, conducting research on rare plants and floristics of 16 national parks in the Colorado Plateau and vicinity. In 2013 I became the database manager for the Arizona State University herbarium and curator of the ASU lichen herbarium.