Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Florida’s natural communities. He is the author of twelve books and regularly writes for a number of magazines on natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, and native plant gardening. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University, where he coordinated the Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging project, a National Science Foundation initiative, and is a Beadle Fellow at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, where he assists in curating, databasing, and imaging the botanical collection. He lives in the community of Beachton, Georgia, with his wife, Brenda. Gil’s books for Pineapple Press include The Ferns of Florida, The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, and The Trees of Florida.