Kathleen Bennet has a lifelong interest in plants and herbs and sharing that knowledge. She likes to combine academic research with ethnobotany and field work. Her background in sociology provided an insight into the fundamentals of research, statistics and scientific validity, and gives Kathleen great pleasure to elucidate what is good and what is not in scientific studies. Kathleen is the co-author of several monographs of Appalachian Natives including Black Cohosh and Bloodroot and is currently updating a database of medicinal fungi and creating one for medicinal/edible lichens. She is also part of a team working to create a set of learning cards for some of the medicinal and edible herbs of Australia.