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May 21, 2003
OSWEGO -- Dr. Donald Cox, a SUNY Oswego professor emeritus of biology and a former director of the college's Rice Creek Field Station, is the author of "A Naturalist's Guide to Seashore Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America," recently published by Syracuse University Press.
The book is an illustrated guide to the ecology of eastern saltwater habitats, including the ocean, the intertidal zone, beaches, sand dunes and salt marshes.
It is the second in a four-book series written for anyone who wants to know more about plants, according to Cox. The first volume, "A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants," came out last year.
To aid readers in recognizing plants of the seashore, the book includes about 90 illustrations by Shirley A. Peron.
The remaining books in the series will be "A Naturalist's Guide to Meadow Plants" and "A Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants."
"I started with a very large manuscript," Cox said. "Syracuse University Press thought it would be easier to handle if broken down."
Cox started teaching in Oswego's biology department in 1962 and directed the college's Rice Creek Field Station from 1985 to his retirement in 1995. He earned his doctorate at Syracuse University.
"A Naturalist's Guide to Seashore Plants" is priced at $19.95 in paperback.
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