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Tropical Plant Collecting provides field biologists with information about carrying out fieldwork in tropical America, gathering botanical collection, managing specimens in herbaria, making information about plants available on the Internet, and raising money to fund both expeditions and the preparation of Floras and monographs. The book is based on over 40 years of tropical plant collecting in Central and South America by the senior editor and his colleagues. Although traditional field and herbarium techniques are discussed, the book emphasizes how new techniques provided by digital photography, databases, and the Internet have revolutionized plant collecting and data presentation in systematic botany. The audience for this book is tropical biologists and students who, as part of their research, need to gather botanical specimens to document their scientific studies. The book is also useful for those taking neotropical field biology courses, and Chapter 3, which covers many of the dangers of traveling and working in neotropical forests, is recommended for anyone planning to visit remote areas of this region.
''A wonderful read about tropical fieldwork by one of the great contemporary botanical explorers and a few of his many collaborators.''
''This book fulfills multiple gaps that currently exist in the botanical literature, and represents an incredible resource to anyone interested in tropical biology. It is engagingly written throughout and will certainly serve as a major source of inspiration to the next generation of botanists.''
''The most useful book I have read about tropical plant collecting in the last ten years. It should be consulted by systematists preparing monographs and floras as well as by those wishing to collect plants as vouchers for other kinds of studies.''
''This work is a primer on how to successfully conduct fieldwork and Mori s diverse career has allowed this incredible field explorer the opportunity to pass on much of his knowledge to younger scientists and explorers in general''
''A must for every young biologist who is preparing for field studies in the tropics.''
Dr. Scott A. Mori was born in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1941. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1964 in Biology and Conservation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was awarded his Ph.D. in botany in 1974. He taught botany and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield from 1969 to 1974 and has been the curator of the Summit Herbarium in Panama (1974-1975) and of the herbarium of the Cocoa Research Center in Bahia, Brazil (1978-1980). He was Director of the Institute of Systematic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden from 1995-2001 and is currently the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the same institution. His major research emphasis has been on the taxonomy and ecology of New World tropical rain forest trees. He is an expert on the Brazil nut (Lecythidaceae) family and on the lowland Amazonian flora. Much of his research focuses on the relationships among plants and animals in tropical forests. He and his collaborators have published an illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana for which they were awarded the prestigious Engler Medal in Silver for 2002 by the International Association of Plant Taxonomists. He is a co-editor of the Flowering Plants of the Neotropics published by Princeton University Press. Dr. Mori is a former Executive Director of Flora Neotropica, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a past President of the Torrey Botanical Society and current member of the Council of the Society, and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation centered at Columbia University, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Mori was recently awarded the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. Scott A. Mori's Author Page
Carol A. Gracie has a B.S. in Plant Studies from the City University of New York, Lehman College. She is retired from NYBG, where she served as Senior Administrator of Children's Education and Director of Foreign Tours, among other positions. She subsequently worked with her husband, Scott Mori, on tropical research projects, including the preparation of a flora of central French Guiana. Ms. Gracie's current interests include the temperate flora of northeastern North America. She has co-authored a field guide to the wildflowers of that region (Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States). Carol Gracie's Author Page
Dr. Amy Berkov attended the University of Colorado-Denver, where she obtained her B.F.A degree in 1977 in fine art, and the City University of New York-Lehman College, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in biology in 1999. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the City College of New York (CCNY, CUNY), an Honorary Research Associate at NYBG, and an Associate in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Research in her lab focuses on the evolutionary and community ecology of neotropical wood-boring beetles, particularly those associated with the Brazil nut family. Amy Berkov's Author Page
Dr. Edmund F. Hecklau attended Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, where he obtained his B.S. degree in Biology in 1950, and NYU College of Medicine where he was awarded his M.D. degree in 1954. Following a residency at Buffalo Children's Hospital, he was in the private practice of General Pediatrics in Greenwich, CT from 1959 1986, and then served as Vice-President of Medical Services at the Greenwich (CT) Hospital from 1986 1991. In his 20 years in retirement, he has been able to refine his some 70-year interest in horticulture and botany, culminating in a volunteer position at NYBG under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Mori, with whom he has co-authored several published papers relating to the flora of Central French Guiana. As a self-described field botanist, from 2006 2010 he conducted educational sessions in field botany and plant name etymology for the naturalist staff of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. He initiated and made available to visitors at that museum an educational herbarium of some 150+ species, designed for hands-on public education. Edmund F. Hecklau's Author Page