Tom Zeiner is a professional geologist and amateur botanist. An interest in tracking wildflower blooms began in 2002 on Green Mountain in Jefferson County. That has now led to work with Project BudBurst, which seeks to document changes in bloom times with the help of citizen scientists. Tom is a Colorado Native Plant Master and enjoys explaining all about the local flora and geology to anyone who’s bold enough to hike, bike, or run with him. He and his wife, Kim, settled on Crested Butte for a retirement home after realizing it’s the best place in the state for rocks, flowers and people. Tom joined the Wildflower Festival’s Board of Directors in September 2014.