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This volume is a guide for identifying seeds and a summary of current knowledge of bat-dispersed plants in the New World tropics. A total of 549 plant species in 191 genera from 62 families are recognized, with detailed descriptions and color photographs of fruits and seeds for 112 of them included. Complementing these fruit and seed descriptions is a lengthy treatment of the diets, foraging strategies, and feeding behaviors for each of French Guiana's frugivorous bat species.
Dr. Taryana Lobova received her M.S. in Biology/Botany at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994 . In 2000 she earned her Ph .D. in Botany from the Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2001 to 2007 she was employed as a research assistant in the Institute of Systematic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden where she did research under the supervision of Dr. Scott Mori on bat-plant interactions in neotropical rain forests. Dr. Lobova is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, and an Honorary Curator at The New York Botanical Garden. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bat Conservation International, the National Geographic Society, and the Beneficia Foundation. Her bat-plant interaction studies were featured in National Geographic Magazine. Dr. Lobova's research interests include morphology, anatomy, and character evolution of fruits and seeds of flowering plants; dispersal biology; plant- animal interactions; and ecology and conservation of tropical forests. Tatyana Lobova's Author Page
Dr. Scott A. Mori was born in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1941. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1964 in Biology and Conservation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was awarded his Ph.D. in botany in 1974. He taught botany and zoology at the University of Wisconsin- Marshfield from 1969 to 1974 and has been the curator of the Summit Herbarium in Panama (1974-1975) and of the herbarium of the Cocoa Research Center in Bahia, Brazil (1978-1980). He was Director of the Institute of Systematic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden from 1995-2001 and is currently the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the same institution. His major research emphasis has been on the taxonomy and ecology of New World tropical rain forest trees. He is an expert on the Brazil nut (Lecythidaceae) family and on the lowland Amazonian flora. Much of his research focuses on the relationships among plants and animals in tropical forests. He and his collaborators have published an illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana for which they were awarded the prestigious Engler Medal in Silver for 2002 by the International Association of Plant Taxonomists. He is a co-editor of the Flowering Plants of the Neotropics published by Princeton University Press. Dr. Mori is a former Executive Director of Flora Neotropica, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a past President of the Torrey Botanical Society and current member of the Council of the Society, and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation centered at Columbia University, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Mori was recently awarded the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. Scott A. Mori's Author Page
Cullen K. Geiselman, PhD Cullen K. Geiselman holds a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and an MA and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on seed dispersal and pollination by bats and has coauthored a book with botanists from the New York Botanical Garden entitled, Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics. In addition to her research, she works with her family on business matters and philanthropy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Zoo, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Bat Conservation International, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston. She also volunteers her time with the National Park Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy, the Menil Collection, and the Cullen Trust for Health Care. Cullen K. Geiselman's Author Page