(New Zealand's alpine regions are home to a fascinating ar...)
New Zealand's alpine regions are home to a fascinating array of native plants. From the Mount Cook buttercup (Ranunculus lyalli) and the distinctive Spaniards (Aciphylla species) through to the less-conspicuous mat plants and grasses, the alpine flora of the country demonstrates the remarkable ability of plants to adapt to and thrive in a range of harsh environments. This book covers most of the 600 or so vascular plants found above the treeline. The plants are arranges systematically, with information on distribution and habitat accompanying each description. Botanically accurate illustrations, all from fresh plants, allow easy identification of species.
Bachelor of Science, University New Zealand, Dunedin, 1953. Master of Science, University New Zealand, Dunedin, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1958.
Ecologist Otago Catchment Board, Dunedin, 1959-1960. Research fellow Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust, 1960-1964. Lecturer University Otago, 1964-1966, associate professor, 1966-1975, professor department botany, 1975-1998, professor emeritus, since 1998.
Research advisor Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust, 1965-2000, chairman, since 2000. Chairman Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau, New Zealand, 1973-1998. Member New Zealand National Parks and Reserve authority, 1981-1990.
Member Otago Catchment Board, 1974-1986, Otago Conservation Board, Dunedin, 1990-2001, New Zealand Conservation authority, 2001-2004. Fellow Royal Society New Zealand. Member Ecological Society of America, New Zealand Ecological Society (vice president 1975), Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society (president 1986-1990), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Patricia Kaye Davie, June 28, 1957. Children: Jenifer Kaye, Stephen Dwight, Alastair John, Bridget Caroline.