Beargrass, Xerophyllum tenax
James L. Reveal
James L. Reveal was a professor emeritus of botany at the University of Maryland. A graduate of Utah State and Brigham Young Universities, his broad experience in botanical research embraced floristic studies in western North America (including endangered and threatened species), and the examination of historical specimens gathered in temperate North America.
The majority of his work was in association with the Norton-Brown herbarium (MARY) at the University of Maryland. Additional efforts involve the Department of Botany at The Natural History Museum in London, especially work on the John Clayton herbarium. He accomplished extensive work in the Department of Botany at The Academy of Natural History in Philadelphia, especially with the Lewis and Clark herbarium. He has also worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Monte L. Bean Museum of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University. He had also been a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Natural History Museum of London.
His list of publications exceeds 375 titles to date. He is a co-author, with Gary E. Moulton and Alfred E. Schuyler, of "The Lewis and Clark collections of vascular plants: Names, types, and comments," Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 149 (1999):1-64.
His numerous contributions to Discovering Lewis & Clark® reflect his special interest in botanical nomenclature, and the history of botanical explorations and discovery.
James L. Reveal passed away in January of 2015. Further details of his career may be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Reveal.
Articles on this site by James Reveal:
Associate Curator of Botany
The Academy of Natural Sciences
Rick McCourt earned his undergraduate degree in botany at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. His research on green algae helped answer a long-standing question about the evolution of land plants from aquatic ancestors. (Use the Search utility in Discovering Lewis & Clark to find the term phycology, which is the title of Dr. McCourt's discussion of the aromatic algae in the expedition's most famous "sulphur spring.") One of his first major undertakings at the Academy of Natural Sciences was to lead a project to renovate the storage conditions of the Lewis and Clark Herbarium. He has coauthored several articles on the history and scientific uses of the collection, and coordinated presentations of the specimens at venues around the country.
Earlier in his professional career he worked at WGBH in Boston as a staff reporter, and became a regular freelancer for National Public Radio, reporting on topics ranging from the search for new planets and solar systems to the medicinal uses of leeches.
Articles on this site by Richard McCourt:
Sarah Walker is a natural history writer who has lived along the Lewis and Clark trail in Idaho for the past 25 years. She writes a monthly nature column for the Moscow Community News (Moscow, ID) and articles for Bird Notes (Canyon Birders of Lewiston, ID), and served as editor for Sage Notes, newsletter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, from 1995-2000.
From 1986 to 2000 she worked on the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho as Lead Wilderness Ranger in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and before her retirement in 2002 she served as Forest Botanist.
As a wilderness ranger Sarah spent many years in the backcountry introducing visitors to the importance of light-on-the-land camping practices. In communities adjacent to the wilderness she taught local elementary students about low-impact camping skills, natural resource conservation, and American wilderness history.
Sarah received a BA in European History from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1969, and later studied Ecology and Life Sciences at the University of Montana. During her Forest Service career she received training in botany, silviculture, bryology, wetland ecology, and conservation education.
She joined the crew of writers for Discovering Lewis & Clark in the fall of 2003 as a contributor to "Views from K'useyneisskit: Issues, Values and Visions in the Bitterroot Mountains."