MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Patricia Maureen Eckel was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with B.A. Cum Laude in Greek and Latin Classics, 1981, B.A. Cum Laude in Art History, 1981, and M.A., Biology, 1984. She has contributed to the fields of plant taxonomy, botanical art, history of science, and botanical Latin.
She has published more than 75 scientific articles on both vascular plants and bryophytes since 1980. Her research focus is on the flora of the Niagara Falls region and the moss family Pottiaceae, including taxonomic treatments in the Flora of North America. Many of her contributions relevant to the botany and botanical history of western New York State and adjacent Ontario are online at two Missouri Botanical Garden Web sites:
Beginning in 1986, Ms Eckel published 27 articles on regional floristic botany published in Clintonia, the journal of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society.
Ms. Eckel is presently a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, working at the Missouri Botanical Garden.