CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Dr. Roy L. Lehman, a Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Veteran Botanist, was presented with the 2014 Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award on October 18 during the 2014 Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium at the Texarkana Convention Center. Lehman received the award for his book and field guide, “Marine Plants of the Texas Coast.”
The Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award recognizes scientific writing in the field of native flora of Texas. The book is an easy-to-use guide that describes the marine plants of the Gulf of Mexico coast and Texas coast area.
“This book marks the first time these unique species have been collected in a single volume,” said Lehman. “As we see more coastal issues such as hurricanes and beach erosion, this book will be a helpful botanical reference for scientists, policy makers, and nature lovers.”
The book is designed to feature photographs with easy-to use updated identification keys. The book describes the plants in four sections, covering common shoreline plants, seagrasses, mangroves, and marine algae (red, brown, and green seaweeds). Each section begins with an introduction that gives an overview of the plant group and includes information on the important traits and terminology used for identification.
Lehman also serves as Director of the Laguna Madre Field Station and a Research Associate for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. He is also the co-author of the award-winning book, “Plants of the Texas Coastal Bend,” published by Texas A&M University Press in 2005.