Sandra Knapp is a specialist on the taxonomy of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and has spent much time in the field in Central and South America collecting plants. She came to the Natural History Museum, London, in 1992 to manage the international project Flora Mesoamericana--a synoptic inventory of the approximately 18,000 species of plants of southern Mexico and the isthmus of Central America. She is also the author of several popular books on the history of science and botanical exploration, including the award-winning Potted Histories (2004). She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and actively involved in promoting the role of taxonomy and its significance to conservation worldwide. Dr. Knapp is an elected member of the councils of Fauna and Flora International, the Linnean Society of London, the Organization Pro-Flora Neotropica, the International Association of Plant Taxonomy and the Tropical Biology Association. She is on the editorial board of several scientific journals including BMC Evolutionary Biology, Taxon, Oryx and Systematics and Biodiversity and is a member of Faculty of 1000. Her current projects include Flora Mesoamericana, the Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project Solanum: a worldwide monograph, for which she is a PI, collaborative research in the genomic evolution of Nicotiana, and involving the private sector in CBD implementation in the humid Chaco of southern South America.