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ISOËTACEAE, the Quillwort Family by W. Carl Taylor, Robbin C. Moran & Daniel F. Brunton. Keywords: Isoëtaceae, Isoëtes, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.015.
In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the Isoëtaceae is represented by fifteen species. As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, Second Edition, by Gleason and Cronquist (1991, NYBG Press), in order to enable identification of all plants growing spontaneously in a vast region comprising portions or entirety of 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces (see map here). These family treatments are indispensable to all those interested having the most up-to-date information for this region of North America's rich botanical resources, serving the vascular plant reference needs especially of students, conservationists, wildlife managers, educators, gardeners, and citizen scientists. For a full list of PDF sections available click here.
"A brand new flora of vascular plants from The New York Botanical Garden is available as digital PDF downloads and will soon be printed as a complete hardbound version! The area covered includes Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and southern Quebec and Ontario. The New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada is under preparation, representing a revised enlarged update of the 1991 classic Gleason & Cronquist Manual, with approximately 20% more species. This is good news for many different biologists. The botanical treatments will be particularly useful for American and Canadian botanists as well as other scientists, naturalists, ecologists, foresters, conservationists, and students in all fields of natural history, as well as public or private organizations involved in environmental and plant protection. In contrast to the 1991 Manual, plant families are treated by specialists of these groups. Because so much information has been added in recent years, this new edition is very welcome, and the editors and the numerous authors deserve praise."- Jacques Cayouette, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Assistant Curator, Department of Agriculture Ottawa Herbarium
Carl Taylor was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He became interested in plants as a kid and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in botany from Southern Illinois University. For many years, Carl worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he assisted with the development of exhibits, conducted research, and served as Chair of the Botany Department. Carl has taught university courses in general biology, plant taxonomy, and local flora. Recently, he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He served as Secretary of the American Fern Society for many years and published many papers in the American Fern Journal. Carl is retired and now volunteers at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. He and his wife Jerry live in Arlington, Virginia where they garden in their yard and greenhouse nearly every day. W. Carl Taylor's Author Page
Robbin C. Moran (1956- ) is the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. His main research interests are ferns, lycophytes, and horsetails. Much of his research has involved writing floras and monographs, which assemble information about ferns of a given region and provide a means to identify them. He was the main writer, editor, and organizer for the pteridophyte volume of Flora Mesoamericana, a book that covers the pteridophytes from southern Mexico to Panama. This book is the largest fern flora ever written (it treats the nearly 1400 species. Dr. Moran is also a teacher, and co-organizes a five-week-long course, Tropical Plant Systematics, in Costa Rica for the Organization of Tropical Studies. The course is taught even years in English and odd years in Spanish. Dr. Moran also interprets ferns to the public. He the President of the New York Chapter Fern Society, which meets the first Saturday of every month at the New York Botanical Garden. Finally, he serves as Associate Editor for Brittonia, the Garden's journal of systematic botany, and for the American Fern Journal. Robbin Moran's Author Page
Daniel Francis Brunton (1948- ) is a respected naturalist, accomplished botanist and birder and important spokesperson for natural history in Canada's National Capital Region. He is the expert who is most frequently consulted by the local media in matters of natural history. Municipal and regional departments in the Ottawa region often call on his help and opinion for environmental issues. All this is not surprising if one looks at Dan's remarkable achievements over the past 40 years. Although principally a botanist and birder, he has publications on moles, wolves, turtles and salamanders as well. He is an expert general botanist with a broad knowledge of vascular plants. His scientific work deals with quillworts (Isoetes) and ferns in general, usually co-authored with the late Donald Britton of Guelph University. This has resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and descriptions of over 15 new North American taxa. Dan was born and raised in Ottawa and spent his formative years first with a passion for astronomy, and then birding. He received his university degree in geography and botany from Carleton University in 1973. Dan worked for several years as a park naturalist in Ontario's Algonquin Park, later developing the interpretive plan for Alberta's Kananaskis Provincial Park. Since the 1970s, he has operated Brunton Consulting Services, a private consulting firm, doing environmental impact assessments, botanical and biological surveys, and providing expertise to both private development initiatives and governmental agencies. A life-long conservationist who has worked on ecological protection issues across Canada, he is the co- founder of the Waterkeeper Alliance's Ottawa Riverkeeper organization. He iregularly provides expert ecological impact testimony for the judicial review body for land development conflicts in Ontario. He is also a member of the vascular plant subcommittee of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) which designates na Daniel F. Brunton's Author Page