Renée Van Buren received B.S. degree from Brigham Young University 1981, Botany. Taught public school in the state of Utah 1981-87. Received M.S. degree, Brigham Young University 1989, Botany. Ph.D. from Arizona State University, 1993, Botany. Post-doc 1993-95 Brigham Young University. Faculty, Utah Valley University 1995-present teaching Flora of Utah, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Grasses, Wildland Shrubs, Honor's Biology, and Conservation Biology. Director of Capitol Reef Field Station operated by Utah Valley University 2008-present. Research interests include woody plants of Utah and Utah rare plant biology studies of the state.