Matt Ritter is an author, editor and professor of botany at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He specializes in plants, and is an expert on the genus Eucalyptus. Ritter was the editor of Madroño, the magazine of the California Botany Association for five years. He is the official coordinator of the National Big Tree Registry in California. Ritter is the author of the second edition of the Jepson Handbook on Native California Plant and Plant Projects in North America.
|Born||Matthew Ritter, September 07, 1974, California, U.S.|
|Years active||2002 – present|
Known for his botany-themed books A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us (2011) and Plants of San Luis Obispo, Their Lives and Stories (2005), this flora researcher is also notable as a professor at California Polytechnic State University.
He earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in plant biology from the University of California, San Diego. He went on to edit the California Botanical Society's publication, Madrono.
He was the 2011 recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's R. W. Harris Excellence in Education Award.
California born and bred, he made a career out of the study of plants native to his home state.
He and Bonnie Templeton both became California-based botanists.
Cactus researchers (Dendrologists). American botanical writers. Scientists from California. American environmentalists. California Journalists