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James Leonard Luteyn (1948- ) gained his PhD from Duke University in 1975, since which time he has devoted himself to searching the wet Andean cloud forest for wild relatives of the favourite American fruits, the blueberry and cranberry (Vaccinieae tribe), studying their morphology, phylogeny and taxonomic diversity. As well as herbarium specimens he takes living material for cultivation. He also collects other ericaceous plants in the mountains of Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. In addition to his long-term monographic studies in the family Ericaceae, he also studies the general floristics of Andean cloud forests and p ramos, the high-elevation, grass-shrub ecosystem ranging from Costa Rica to northern Peru that is located above the timberline and below perpetual snow. In a career spanning more than 30 years at NYBG, he has published more than 100 works and edited and authored eight books. These include one on Rhododendron classification (1978), a checklist of plant diversity in the p ramos (1999) and Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests (co-editor, 1995). Luteyn has prepared monographs of selected ericaceous genera for Flora Neotropica and worked on regional floristic inventories of the family for all the Central American countries, Ecuador and the Guyana Highlands of Venezuela. NYBG hosts a website on neotropical blueberries produced by Luteyn and Paola Pedraza-Pe¤alosa. Luteyn is an adjunct associate professor at Lehman College, City University New York and has been an associate editor of Brittonia, Taxon and editor of Flora Neotropica. James L. Luteyn's Author Page