Gil Nelson is a writer, naturalist, field botanist, and educator in Thomasville, Georgia. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University and has written widely about Florida and the southeastern United States. His works include three field guides to Florida plants, a guide to native landscape plants, and coauthorship of two Audubon field guides. This is his tenth book. He is also the author of East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers, published by The Globe Pequot Press.
Gil also teaches relational database programming and geographical information systems, with a particular interest in the design, development, and uses of relational database technology and GIS for the management and use of biological and botanical data. His hobbies and interests include hiking, wildflower and landscape photography, the phytogeography of the southeastern United States, plant ecology, and the structure and composition of natural vegetative communities.