About the Author

Michael Douglas is a retired research meteorologist who, growing up in southern California, developed a strong interest in natural history and especially plants. He and his wife have traveled extensively in Latin America and parts of Africa both for research and personal nature-focused travels. His focus is now on applying his knowledge to biogeography topics and the education of biologists, with the aim of improving conservation activities. Visit their website at thetravelingnaturalist.org for a short photography course for biologists and many natural history talks that can be used freely by clubs or individuals.