Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Floridarsquo;s natural communities. He writes on natural history, ecology, and outdoor recreation for many national and regional periodicals. He is president of the St. Marks Refuge Association and leads frequent field trips into this wildlife refuge. He teaches adult leisure courses on the wildlife of Floridarsquo;s Big Bend area and often speaks to groups such as the Florida Native Plant Society, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the Florida Trail Association. He is a Florida native, has a Ph.D. in adult education from Florida State University, and lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.
Daniel Mathews is a writer who has always been enamored of views from mountains. He is the author of "Cascade-Olympic Natural History" and "Rocky Mountain Natural History." He lives in Portland, Oregon.