In our preparation of this book and the study of the seaweeds described here we
have had the assistance of numerous friends and colleagues, and, at the risk of
leaving some out, we thank a few of them: Chuck Amsler, David Ballantine, Dick
Barber, Steve Blair, John Brauner, Dan Duerr, Sherry Epperley, Chris van den
Hoek, Bill Kirby-Smith, Max Hommersand, Eric Houston, Bill Johansen, Donald
Kapraun, Geoff Leister, Paulette Peckol, Joe Ramus, Richard Reading, Steve Ross,
Tony Scheer, Susan Vlamynck, James Willis, and Reid Wiseman, Special thanks
are due to Paul Silva and Mike Wynne, who, in addition to other kinds of help,
each read the rough draft of the manuscript and offered many crucial, critical,
and constructive suggestions. Our editor was amazed at the detailed and care-
ful work that they did. Errors of commission and omission have surely crept in
since their reading, and for these we accept all responsibility. At the penultimate
moment, Geoff Leister came forward to assist with the conversion of the manu-
script to the software required for publication.
We are also grateful to the curators and keepers of the herbaria that have made
collections available to us. These include the Agardh Herbarium, Lund, Swe-
den; Allan Hancock Foundation; Botanical Museum, University of Copenhagen;
Farlow Herbarium, Harvard University; Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle,
Paris; Harbor Branch Foundation; New York Botanical Garden; Smithsonian
Institution; University of Georgia; University of Michigan; University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina, Wilmington; and the Uni-
versity of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.
During the course of the studies leading to the writing of this book we have
been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Georgia, and the
state of North Carolina. The Duke University Marine Laboratory has been an
important base for much of our fieldwork, and without its logistical support
our task would have been much more difficult. Our home institutions-Trinity
College and Duke University-have been very generous with funds for both re-
search and illustrating the book. Most of the illustrations are the work of a gifted
scientific illustrator, Julia S. Child, whom we were fortunate to involve in the
project. A few of the illustrations are our own or those of former students at
Trinity College, Wendy
Pillsbury, Richard Reading, Margaret Soltysik, and
Shelby Tupper. Charles D. Amsler contributed his expertise on the local species
of the Ectocarpaceae by preparing the taxonomic treatment of that family.
The study of the seaweeds in this region has occupied a combined total of
over forty years of the authors' lives. During this time our wives, Ginny and
Georgie, have provided both the emotional and practical support needed, and
we want them to know that it has been appreciated and crucial to the completion
of this work.
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