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Dr. Ronald L. Stuckey

Ronald L. Stuckey was born January 9, 1938 in Bucyrus, Ohio. His first 18 years were spent in Lykens Township in Crawford County as a self-described "country farm boy." Stuckey graduated as valedictorian from Lykens High School in 1956, earned a B.S. cum laude in Biology from Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH, in 1960, and his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1965. From 1965-1991 he served as Professor of Botany at the Ohio State University, Columbus, where he taught courses in Local Flora, Aquatic Flowering Plants, and Plant Nomenclature.

Stuckey is an internationally recognized authority on the identification and geographical distribution of aquatic and wetland plants in North America. He has also written extensively on the botanical history and exploration of eastern North America. Stuckey is past president of the OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Ohio Academy of Medical History, and the Ohio Academy of Science. Stuckey is a recognized authority on the contributions and lives of the botanists of Ohio. His initial interest in Moseley came from his mother, who completed an elementary teaching program at Bowling Green College, and from his use of Moseley's "Sandusky flora" while studying the flora of the Erie Islands at the F.T. Stone Laboratory. Stuckey is the author of more than 100 scientific journal papers and several books, including Edwin Lincoln Moseley: Naturalist, Scientist, Educator, authored with Relda E. Niederhofer (1998), and a Bibliography and Archival Guide to the Writings of Edwin Lincoln Moseley (2003).