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Floristics in North America: Current needs, priorities and opportunities

Kartesz, John [1].

Digital North American Floristics at Your Fingertips.

Dr. Kartesz will demonstrate the latest programming capabilities of his Floristic Synthesis software and accompanying BONAP website. His presentation will illustrate how plant systematists, conservationists, gardeners and other plant enthusiasts can use his applications to produce publication quality, county-level maps, identification keys and biological attribute summaries for all 30,000 unique plants found in North America. He will also demonstrate that by using Boolean logic, his software can produce “shopping list” of plants unknown for a particular county but known in adjacent counties. By using his website, Dr. Kartesz will show how it is possible to create tailor-made, floristic databases, complete with photographs for plants growing anywhere within North America; from areas as small as a city lot, or as large as national forest or state flora. Once published, all data included within the software and website will be updated automatically at the beginning of each calendar year.  
Born in western Pennsylvania, Dr. Kartesz was introduced early to the field of natural history through his close association with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Biology from West Virginia University, in 1987 Dr. Kartesz earned his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Nevada, Reno and thereafter accepted a position at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. In 1980, Dr. Kartesz published the first comprehensive Checklist of the United States, Canada and Greenland, which was updated and republished in 1994. In 1999, he published the Synthesis of the North American Flora, which was the first attempt to provide a state-level atlas and accompanying morphological database for the vascular plants of North America. In 2010, he published his county-level North American Plant Atlas for the vascular flora, and the first internet-based Flora of North America. Dr. Kartesz is the author of numerous published books and scores of scientifically reviewed articles.


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Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Number: 0009
Abstract ID:769
Candidate for Awards:None


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