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Matt Warnock Turner is a market researcher at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, as well as a teacher, naturalist, and free-lance writer. Armed with a Master’s in Spanish (Harvard) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Yale), and having a botanist for a father, he approaches the natural world from a humanities perspective. Matt is as much at home making scientific collections in the field as he is doing archival research in early manuscripts.

His first book, Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives, explores the little-known facts — be they archaeological, historical, material, medicinal, culinary, or cultural — behind our everyday botanical landscape. He has published several articles on botany in scientific journals, has given various lectures and nature walks at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and has contributed to their magazine, Wildflower. Matt is a former President of the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas and contributes regularly to their NPSOT News. A fifth-generation Texan, he is a native of Austin where he currently resides.