Defining species morphologically, ecologically, and geologically, studying them
in the field, speculating on their evolutionary relationships, checking for correct
nomenclatural usage, scheming out identification keys, and writing up accounts
of all these findings are the kinds of things I do in my research. My investigations
are directed in two principal arenas, floristic and revisionary studies.
For the past 27 years my primary research interest has been Intermountain
Flora. I have been providing major parts of each volume of the Flora since
the writing began in 1969. I am now working on the final volume of the
six-volume series and expect to complete it within the next five years.
Intermountain Flora research has so far enabled me to gain knowledge in
depth of such diverse families as Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Bignoniaceae,
Brassicaceae, Buddlejaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Crassulaceae,
Crossosomataceae, Cupressaceae, Ephedraceae, Gentianaceae, Geraniaceae,
Lentibulariaceae, Oleaceae, Orobanchaceae, Pinaceae, Poaceae. Primulaceae,
Rosaceae, Saxifragaceae, Scrophulariaceae, and Violaceae.
A close second to my floristic interest has been my systematic studies
in the American representatives of the family Scrophulariaceae, an interest
that began 32 years ago. My work on the family was initiated with research
on the genus Castilleja, first concentrating on a natural group
centering in western United States for my Ph.D. dissertation study. I have
expanded my scope since then to include all or parts of the family in floristic
accounts of Texas (Castilleja), Pacific Northwest (Castilleja),
Great Plains (all of Scrophulariaceae except Penstemon), Intermountain
region (all species), California (Penstemon, Keckiella, and
Nothochelone), Ecuador (all except Calceolaria), Venezuela
(all species), and the Guianas (all species).
An exciting project with which I am presently involved is the preparation
of an illustrated companion volume to the Gleason and Cronquist Manual
of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada.
I am working with two artists in rearranging the illustrations from Gleason's
Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora into Cronquist's sequence. We
are adding the new taxa now recognized from the region and many diagnostic
details lacking in the original illustrations. The work will contain only
labeled illustrations and page references to the corresponding descriptions
in the G&C Manual. We intend it to be used with the Manual
to assist in identification and understanding of the species.
I am presently enjoying a rejuvenation in these activities, having laid
down my red pencil after 15 years of editorial service in the production
of our scientific journal Brittonia. Fourteen of those years were
spent as Editor-in-Chief.
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- Mary Flagler Cary Curator of Botany, Institute of Systematic Botany.
Ph.D. Columbia University (1968).
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
Research Associate, The New York Botanical Garden (1968-1969); Associate
Curator (1969-1974); Curator (1974-1984); Senior Curator (1984- ).
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lehman College, City
University of New York (1974-1984); Adjunct Associate Professor (1984-
Associate Editor, Brittonia (1975-1977), Editor-in Chief (1977-1990);
Page composer and contributor, Intermountain Flora (1976- );
Senior author, Intermountain Flora (1992- );
Associate Editor, American Midland Naturalist (1977-1978);
Chairman, New York Botanical Garden Scientific Publications Committee (1978-1982);
Managing Editor, Economic Botany (1979-1980);
Editorial Committee, American Journal of Botany (1981-1984);
Editorial Board, Great Basin Naturalist (1982-1985);
Revision Committee, CBE Style Manual (1981-1984).
Memberships in American Association for the Advancement of Science; American
Institute of Biological Science; American Society of Plant Taxonomists
(Council member, 1980-1982); Botanical Society of America (Editorial Committee,
1981-1984); California Botanical Society; International Association for
Plant Taxonomy; New England Botanical Club; Torrey Botanical Club (Council
member, 1977-1981; President, 1981-1982).
- Holmgren, N. 1971. "A taxonomic revision of the Castilleja viscidula
group." Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 21(4):1-63.
- Holmgren, N. 1972-1984. "Major parts of the flora." In: A. Cronquist,
A. Holmgren, N. Holmgren, J. Reveal and P. Holmgren. Intermountain Flora
1:77-161, 222-248; 4:4-51,74-77, 358-514; 6:175-464. New York Botanical Garden.
- Holmgren, N. and B. Angell. 1986. Botanical Illustration: Preparation
for Publication. The New York Botanical Garden. 74 pp.
- Holmgren, N. and U. Molau. 1984. "Scrophulariacae." Flora of Ecuador
- Holmgren, N. 1993. "Keckiella" (pp. 1033-1034), "Nothochelone"
(p. 1048), and "Penstemon" (pp. 1050-1062). In: J.C. Hickman,
ed. The Jepson Manual: higher plants of California. University of California