I am a faculty member in the biology department at Northern Kentucky University, and I direct/curate their herbarium. (see http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/biology/resources/herbarium.html )
I published a paper on the molecular phylogeny of Physalis (Whitson, M. and P. S. Manos. 2005. Untangling Physalis (Solanaceae) from the physaloids: a two-gene phylogeny of the Physalinae. Systematic Botany 30(1): 216-230.)
I am a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
I am a professional botanist trained in plant systematics and taxonomy. My specialty is the genus Physalis and its relatives (in the Solanaceae or tomato family). I also know a good bit about flora of the southeastern U.S., particularly the woody plants.