Hurricanes: A Reading List

Florida is notorious for its most prominent natural event—the hurricane. As a scholarly publisher located in the state, University Press of Florida has many books on the history and science of these devastating storms. This list of books offers detailed accounts of infamous hurricanes from the past, as well as insight into why tropical cyclones happen … Continue reading Hurricanes: A Reading List

The Nature of Plants

“Encourages each of us to look at plants more thoughtfully and to consider the processes that take place every day that largely go unnoticed. You will better appreciate plants after reading Huegel’s book.”—Nicole Pinson, urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension “Huegel explains plant structure and biology in a manner that … Continue reading The Nature of Plants

Learn about Florida’s New Chief Science Officer in UF Press Gatorbytes

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that University of Florida scientist Dr. Tom Frazer will serve as Florida’s first Chief Science Officer. In his new position, Frazer will lead efforts to address some of the state's most critical environmental challenges, including red tide and harmful algal blooms, which have impacted millions of Floridians, says Jack … Continue reading Learn about Florida’s New Chief Science Officer in UF Press Gatorbytes

Drying Up

“Water is the top issue for Florida’s future, and Drying Up is a must-read primer.”—Craig Pittman, author of The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid “From the Everglades to Florida’s crystal-clear springs, Drying Up explores the sad history of how the Florida growth machine disrupted and destroyed Florida’s natural water processes. Yet Dunn remains hopeful, … Continue reading Drying Up

Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida

“This authoritative treatise on the amphibians and reptiles of Florida will become the go-to volume for every professional herpetologist.”—Robert Powell, coauthor of Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Fourth Edition “An exceptional work—easily one of the best treatments of a state herpetofauna ever prepared. All of the species accounts … Continue reading Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida

Flora of Florida, Volume VI

Praise for earlier volumes:   “An invaluable source. . . . Wunderlin’s guide brings together his years of work with the flora of Florida.”—Choice “An extremely valuable reference for professional biologists, naturalists, natural resource managers, and plant lovers.”—Economic Botany   “This series will surely be the standard reference for the unique and threatened flora of … Continue reading Flora of Florida, Volume VI

Grasses of Florida

“A lasting, monumental, and invaluable work. There is no other treatment that focuses on the grasses of Florida. Provides descriptions and keys that comprehensively cover native and naturalized taxa, waifs, cultivated taxa, and other rarities. Any attempt to understand the grasses of the southeastern U.S. should start here.”—Alan R. Franck, herbarium curator, University of South … Continue reading Grasses of Florida

Gardening, Nature & Outdoors Books for the Holidays

For nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and gardeners, the books below will make the perfect gift. A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard By Ginny Stibolt and Marjorie Shropshire Healing Plants Medicine of the Florida Seminole Indians By Alice Micco Snow and Susan Enns Stans Vegetable Gardening in Florida By James M. Stephens Bats of … Continue reading Gardening, Nature & Outdoors Books for the Holidays

Fire Ecology of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain

"A thorough, current, and strongly focused summary of fire ecology and management in the southeastern U.S., sure to foster discussion and more thoughtful application of fire to this region's diverse, pyrogenic landscapes."—Eric Menges, senior research biologist, Archbold Biological Station "An engaging read. Noss weaves history, his own relationship to Florida's fire-prone landscape, and current science … Continue reading Fire Ecology of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Behind the Scenes Collecting Florida’s Fishes

Fishes in the Fresh Waters of Florida: An Identification Guide and Atlas By Robert H. Robins, Lawrence M. Page, James D. Williams, Zachary S. Randall, and Griffin E. Sheehy This new book is an essential identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida’s fresh waters. Presenting each species with color photographs, key characteristics … Continue reading Behind the Scenes Collecting Florida’s Fishes