David Benzing received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan and retired from teaching biology at Oberlin College. In addition to Native Bromeliads of Florida with coauthor Harry E. Luther for Pineapple Press, his publications include four books, chapters in 20 more volumes, and approximately 75 reports in technical journals, mostly about the adaptive biology of vascular epiphytes, especially bromeliads and orchids. Dr. Benzing currently holds the Jessie B. Cox Chair for Tropical Botany at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, where he spends winters. Summers are spent in northern Ohio, where he and two partners own and manage a small vineyard and winery that operate according to ecologically sustainable land use and energy practices.