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Pedro Acevedo-Rodriguez (1954 - ) Pedro was born on December 24, 1954, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up in the San Juan metro area but spent many of his summers in the central mountainous region of Puerto Rico. Through these long vacations, he developed an interest in wildlife and outdoors activities. This interest was further developed while in college at the University of Puerto Rico, in the less- developed city of Mayagez (western side of Puerto Rico) where he obtainied his B.S. in May of 1977. He then moved back to San Juan and worked for some of the government agencies in charge of managing natural resources. During this period he developed a strong expertise in the Puerto Rican flora and wrote an illustrated field guide to the vines of Puerto Rico. In the fall of 1984, he moved to New York to pursue graduate studies in plant systematics at City University of New York in collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden. During the Botanical Garden years, he became an expert in the taxonomy of the dicot family Sapindaceae and further developed his interest in Caribbean flora and vine taxonomy. In the spring of 1989, Pedro received a PhD degree at the City University of New York , with the dissertation, "The Systematics of Serjania sect Platycoccus". Soon after, he started a new appointment as associate curator at the Smithsonian's Department of Botany. During his tenure at the Smithsonian he published numerous papers on Sapindaceae taxonomy and Caribbean botany, including the book, Flora of St. John, US Virgin Islands. Current projects include a revision of the tribe Melicocceae (Sapindaceae) and a full-fledged field guide to the vines and climbing plants of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He has done extensive fieldwork in the lowlands of South America and the Greater Antilles. Pedro Acevedo-Rodriguez's Author Page
Bobbi Angell graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Botany in 1977, discovering that she had the ability to render accurate images of plants while preparing drawings during her taxonomy class. Impressed by her work, Bobbi's teacher encouraged her to become a botanical illustrator, and after 35 years her enthusiasm for the profession has yet to diminish. In addition to artistic talent, Bobbi holds a love of plants best evidenced by the enormous flower garden she maintains in rural Vermont, not to mention her ability to appreciate the diversity of plants she illustrates in her work. She especially enjoys being in the field while sketching her subjects, having traveled to French Guiana, Ecuador, the southwestern United States, and the Caribbean on expeditions with NYBG Curators. Her richly detailed pen and ink illustrations appear in a wide variety of scholarly and commercial publications and her copper etchings are often featured in exhibits. Primarily a scientific illustrator for botanists at The New York Botanical Garden and other academic institutions, she has reached a popular audience through John Scheepers Kitchen Garden and Van Engelen seed catalogs, The New York Times garden column and its compilation books, and the popular North Hill Garden memoirs, Our Life in Gardens and To Eat: A Country Life. Bobbi Angell's Author Page