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John Mickel and Alan Smith give us a monumental treatment of the pteridophytes of Mexico, which, with more than 1,000 species, is one of the world's most exciting fern floras. This is the first modern, comprehensive pteridophyte flora for Mexico, with complete keys, maps, and almost 300 full-page plates of line drawings.
Ph.D., University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan (1961) Expertise: Ferns and other lower vascular plants. My research over the past 40 years has centered on floristic studies in Mexico. Pteridophytes of Mexico—covering just over 1000 species was published in 2004. I have also been conducting monographic studies of two fern genera, largely of tropical America: Anemia, a primitive genus of about 110 species and known in the fossil record for 150 million years, and Elaphoglossum, one of the largest and most specialized fern genera with over 600 species. In addition to scientific study of ferns, I conduct horticultural research on the cold-hardiness of temperate ferns and work with growers to make more species available to the public. Interpretation of ferns to the public has been a major part of my career. In this regard, I have been the founder and only secretary of the New York Fern Society (32 years), founder of the American Fern Society's bulletin, Fiddlehead Forum (20 years as its editor), and long-time public lecturer on fern cultivation. John Mickel's Author Page