William A Weber

Eastern Slope, Fourth Edition
A Field Guide to the Vascular Plants

Western Slope, Fourth Edition
A Field Guide to the Vascular Plants

A Naturalist's Life, 1866-1948

 

I recently had the chance to sit down with Dr. William A. Weber, retired University of Colorado botanist and author of five University Press of Colorado titles. One of those titles, the two-volume Colorado Flora (Eastern Slope and Western Slope) has been continously in print since 1953. Every time I speak with Dr. Weber, I come away humbled by his encyclopedic knowledge of not just the plants he knows so well but also almost every subject area that touches on the natural world—and many that are far afield. In an era of academic specialization, Dr. Weber is a true polymath, a modern Renaissance man.

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William A. Weber is Professor and Curator Emeritus of the Herbarium, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. A highly acclaimed author with over 65 years of botanical experience in Colorado, he has written extensively on the flora of Colorado, including Rocky Mountain Flora (UPC 1991), A Rocky Mountain Lichen Primer (with James N. Corbridge, UPC 1998), and three books with Ronald Wittman: Bryophytes of Colorado (Pilgrims Process 2010), Colorado Flora: Western Slope (UPC 2001) and Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope (UPC 2001).