Heather Peat Hamm is a plant ecologist, initially working in pasture weed research for Agriculture Canada. Her subsequent graduate research investigated shifts in C3/C4 plants and climate change in Grasslands National Park. Academic research led her to Alaska and British Columbia, studying organic nitrogen cycling in forested ecosystems. In 2000, Heather began consulting, based on ecological field research and science communications. Since 2006, Heather has worked on species at risk, including co-managing a pilot study to develop agricultural beneficial management practices for species at risk on the prairies. Field work is an important part of Heather’s work, including rare plant surveys, occupancy surveys for species at risk, and field surveys for management of invasive species on natural landscapes.When notin the field, Heather works on management planning for species at risk, invasive species and natural habitats. As an extension of her science-based conservation work, Heather is a science illustrator, focussing on the full range of prairie species and habitats.