Alejandra Vasco, PhD is a Research Botanist at BRIT. Her research interests are taxonomy and systematics of ferns, the genetic networks controlling leaf development in ferns, and the comparative morpho-anatomy of leaves in ferns. She leads the Taxonomy and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes Program at BRIT, where she has worked since 2017. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from the University of Antioquia, in her native Colombia, and her PhD in Botany in the joint program between the City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden.