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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Bruce Means

A field ecologist with more than 50 years’ experience, Bruce Means was Director of Tall Timbers Research Station from 1976-1984; President and Executive Director of the nonprofit Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy from 1984-present; and Courtesy Professor in Department of Biological Science at FSU since 1975. His research interests center on ecosystems of the southeastern US, longleaf pine ecosystem, biogeography, wetlands ecology, amphibians and reptiles, rare and endangered species, and the ecology of South American tepuis. He has published 10 books and 295 scientific research papers, contract reports, and popular articles that have appeared in Natural History, National Geographic, International Wildlife, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, South American Explorer and other natural history magazines. He co-produced and starred in numerous documentary films featuring his research for National Geographic Explorer, BBC Television, and PBS. He has just published Diamonds in the Rough, Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, a 40-year study of North America’s most iconic animal.