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For those of us who live where winter brings ice and snow, the fragrantly scented tropical breezes of the Caribbean hold a special appeal. So, too, do the organisms that occur there. This volume is a treatment of the pleurocarpous mosses of Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the West Indies, including 30 families, 125 genera, and 254 sepcies. Keys, illustrations, and detailed descriptions are included, as well as range information and interesting observations ("discussions") by the author on most taxa.
William R. Buck was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1950. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida with a major in botany in 1972. His M.S. was from the same university in 1974, with a master's thesis on Selaginella. His Ph.D. was from the University of Michigan in 1979 with a specialization on moss systematics, mentored by Howard Crum. He began at The New York Botanical Garden right out of graduate school. His research has focused on relationships of pleurocarpous mosses and moss floristics. He has conducted fieldwork on six continents but has been most active in the West Indies, French Guiana, and most recently the Cape Horn Archipelago in southernmost Chile. He has also done extensive collecting throughout eastern North America. In addition to bryophytes, he also collects lichens, lichenicolous fungi, and (most recently) bryophilous fungi. He learned his editorial skills from Clark Rogerson and began editing Garden journals in 1981. In this capacity he has primarily been involved in the editing of the Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden as well as compiling the Index to American Botanical Literature. Additionally he has been Editor of Evansia (1984-1989) and The Bryologist (2005-2009). His favorite comment to authors is "Strive for consistency!" William R. Buck's Author Page