Michelle Cloud-Hughes

Joined: Sep 24, 2017 Last Active: Sep 27, 2020

I am a professional botanist specializing in desert flora and ecosystems. I worked for the Soil Ecology and Restoration Group at San Diego State University from 1997 to 2013 and spent most of those years doing restoration work in the central Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin National Training Center. In 2010 I started my company, Desert Solitaire Botany and Ecological Restoration, and since then I have been involved in many rare plant surveys and other botanical projects throughout the southwestern U.S. and Baja, Mexico. My main love is Cylindropuntia, but I am also very much into other cactus genera, particularly Grusonia, Echinocereus, Pediocactus, and occasionally even Opuntia.

You can find me on Facebook, where I mostly attempt to be an amusing botanist, and on ResearchGate, where I mostly attempt to be an upstanding, professional-type botanist.

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