Nantiya Vaddanaphuti earned her B. Sc. in Horticulture from Kasetsart University, Bangkok and M. Sc. in Plant Science from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. From 1972 to 1995, she taught plant propagation and floriculture in the Department of Horticulture, Chiang Mai University. She has been collecting and observing the wild orchids of Thailand for many years.