Dr Matilda Brown is the Conservation Science Analyst at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (United Kingdom). The herbarium and fungarium at RBGKew house over 8.5 million specimens, making these among the largest, most diverse and scientifically important collections in the world. Dr Brown is interested in making the most of these data to examine, understand and conserve biodiversity. As the Conservation Science Analyst, Dr Brown is involved in many different research projects across a broad range of questions in conservation science, including the risk and flow-on effects of future plant extinctions. Their previous research was focused on using machine learning to understand what the fossil record can tell us about the future, and they are now applying those skills to contemporary datasets. They received their PhD from the University of Tasmania, 2022, a BSc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, 2017, and a BSc (Botany & Palaeobiology) from the University of New England, 2016.