Wesley Martin Knapp is a regional botanist with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. Originally from New Hampshire, Knapp is an expert in North American plants belonging to the Cyperaceae (sedges) and Juncaceae (rushes). Knapp has published research in journals including: Systematic Botany, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas , Evansia, and Opuscula Philolicheum.
In 2016, Wes was given the apt title as the "Indiana Jones of Maryland botanists" in an article about the rediscovery of Solidago rupestris in Maryland. He was then given the title, perhaps erroneously, as the "Indiana Jones of U.S. Botanists" by the Toronto Star as the article was picked up by additional news outlets.Systematic Botany - Knapp, W.M. & R.F.C. Naczi 2008. Taxonomy, Morphology, and Geographic Distribution of Juncus longii (Juncaceae) Systematic Botany 33(4): 685-694
Opuscula Philolichenum - Lendemer, J.C. & W.M. Knapp. 2007. Contributions to the Lichen Flora of Maryland: Recent Collections from the Delmarva Peninsula.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (Formerly SIDA) - Knapp, W.M. & D. Estes. 2006. Gratiola brevifolia (Plantaginaceae) New to the Flora of Delaware, the Delmarva Peninsula and the Mid-Atlantic. SIDA 22(1):825-829.