Barbara Joe Hoshizaki is president of the American Fern Society. She is a former professor of botany at Los Angeles City College and held an associate research title at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been president of the Southern California Horticultural Institute and the Los Angeles International Fern Society and vice-president of the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, and served on the boards of many horticultural and botanical organizations. She is an honorary member of the American Fern Society, the Los Angeles International Fern Society and the South Florida Fern Society. She has travelled widely and introduced many species to cultivation, and has written numerous articles on fern species.