Botanist and Carexpert Linda Curtis has written her third book, Bog-Fen Carex of the Upper Midwest. Bogs and fens used to be separate ecosystems but are combined here because many of the former bogs have been renamed bog-fen or fens, depending on the water chemistry. While the previous book Woodland Carex had camera macro-images, this new book has digital microscope images as well. The keys and descriptions make the task of identification easier.
Linda has a BS-Education from Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point and MS-Botany from UW-Milwaukee. She taught at Lake Forest College, Barat College, McHenry College and the College of Lake County, Illinois. Also a botany consultant and wetland delineator, Linda worked for environmental firms in the Midwest.
Credits include the discovery of the rare water marigold in Cedar Lake with a discovery article for the Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science 1991. Linda’s first book was Aquatic Plant of Northeastern Illinois 1998 (Sold Out), and relied on canoe-side photos of underwater plants in slanting sun rays during early mornings.
Linda is now retired and rewired, researching in Florida in the winter and the Illinois and Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast in spring and summer. She continues to give presentations, recently Band-aid Botany, a form of botanical entertainment.
Her most recent publications have been Carex of Three Sisters Springs, Carex of the Lower Suwannee River, and Carex of Goethe State Forest in Florida. In the Midwest, Linda has written Carex of Harrington Beach, Wisconsin, Carex of Illinois Beach State Park, Carex of Fort Sheridan, Illinois. The most recent: Carex of the Zion beach-ridge plain was published in Erigenia: Journal of the Illinois Native Plant Society, 2013, with Carex of Chiwaukee Prairie expected in the next issue in 2016.
Linda also writes for Illinois Native Plant Society Harbinger, and online newsletter, and for WES Wisconsin Entomological Society.