Guide to Common Plants of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Author: Elizabeth A. Powell
Author: Frederick H. Landau
Author: Lawrence R. Walker

Format: Paper
Pages: 124
ISBN: 9781647790981
Published Date: 2023

This book introduces the reader to the 182 most common plants of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the sixth most visited park in the U.S., with 7.5 million visitors each year. It provides pictures and descriptions of each plant, and educates the reader about basic botany, plant life forms, and the different roles of native and non-native plants and their interactions with animals. This book will substantially enhance the desert experience for visitors.

Author Bio
Elizabeth A. Powell has an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in botany. She has published a number of scientific papers on pollination ecology and conservation biology, taught biology and ecology at the University of Puerto Rico, worked as a science editor for the U.S. Geological Survey, studied desert tortoise habitat with the Bureau of Land Management, and reclamation of mined lands with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. As the botanist at Lake Mead National Recreation Area (1996-2005), she managed rare and invasive plants.
Frederick H. Landau retired as a Research Associate at UNLV where he conducted research on plant ecology and plant physiology and taught courses in plant taxonomy, economic botany, and field ecology. He has resided in the Mojave Desert since 1977 and has published a number of scientific papers and a book entitled A Natural History of the Mojave Desert (2018) with Walker.
Lawrence R. Walker has an M.S. in botany and a Ph.D. in plant ecology. He has published over 140 scientific papers and 11 books, including the one noted above with Landau. Walker retired from 26 years teaching ecology, conservation biology, and scientific writing at UNLV in 2018 but continues writing and exploring the Mojave Desert and environs. His most recent book is entitled Comparative Plant Succession among Terrestrial Biomes of the World.