Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in wildlife management and zoology, Bill Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Carlsbad Caverns, where he retired as Superintendent in the mid-80s. For several years he was a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Besides writing numerous articles for magazines and journals, he is the author of Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America (2004) and co-author with Gail TierneyWild Plants of the Pueblo Province: Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses (1995) and Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners (1997). Most recently he has co-authored with Carolyn Dodson Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies (UNM Press, 2007). Bill lives with his wife, Vangie (who is the illustrator of Gardens of New Spain) in Placitas, New Mexico. He is an Associate Professor in Biology at the University of New Mexico.