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Mark Fishbein

Former Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

E-mail address: mfish@pdx.edu
Website: http://web.pdx.edu/~mfish/

Dr. Fishbein is a plant systematist and evolutionary biologist. His research is focused on the evolution of flowers and their ecological interactions with pollinators. He works primarily with a group of plants called milkweeds that are commonly cultivated for their beautiful flowers. He received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987 and M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University from 2001 to 2005.

Gentry's Rio Mayo Plants: The Tropical Deciduous Forest and Environs of Northwest Mexico

Fishbein, Mark
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816517266
Collaborators: Paul S. Martin, David Yetman, Mark Fishbein, Phil Jenkins, Thomas R. Van Devender, Rebecca K. Wilson
Series: The Southwest Center Series

The Rio Mayo region of northwestern Mexico is a major geographic area whose natural history remains poorly known to outsiders. Lying in a region where desert and tropical, northern and southern, and continental and coastal species converge, it boasts a flora first documented by Howard Scott Gentry in 1942 in a book now widely regarded as a classic of botanical literature. This new book updates and amends the original. A new introduction provides historical background and a review of geography and vegetation. It also describes changes to the land and river wrought by agricultural development, expanded grazing, and lumbering. Throughout the text, the authors have endeavored to provide information on Rio Mayo vegetation while emphasizing local knowledge and use of plants, and to present botanical information in a manner reflecting Gentry's own exuberance and style. The updating of this work fills a gap in the botanical literature of this portion of North America and will be useful not only for botanists but also for biogeographers, taxonomists, ethnographers, land managers, and conservationists.