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 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, the globally endangered Carex peninsula in Florida 2015 and recentl ydiscovered boreal Carex crawfordii in Lee County, Illinois 2019.
Linda’s first book was Aquatic Plant of Northeastern Illinois 1998 (Sold Out), and relied on canoe-side photos of underwater plants in the clear lake water during early morning slanted sun rays.
Linda is now researching in Florida in the winter and in summer the Lake Michigan beach-ridge coast. She continues to give botany presentations and write science articles.
Publications include: Carex of Three Sisters Springs, Carex of the Lower Suwannee River, Carex of Goethe State Forest, Carex of Gilchrist Blue Springs and Peacock Spring in Florida. The discovery article for the globally endangered Carex peninsula was published by Palmetto, the journal of the Florida Native Plant Society. In the Midwest, Linda has written Carex of Harrington Beach, Wisconsin, Carex of Illinois Beach State Park, Carex of Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Also, Linda has a life membership in Illinois Native Plant Society and wrote: Carex of the Zion beach-ridge plain 2013 and Additions to the Volo Bog Herbarium 2010 for Erigenia, Journal of Illinois Native Plant Society. Numerous articles include Wisconsin Entomological Society, Illinois Audubon Magazine, and Horizons, Lake County Forest Preserves.
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