Plants of the Bodie Hills


As of 2015, I'm working on an update to the contents of the thesis in the link below. I hope to have a more complete and more user-friendly version available for download late this year. Meanwhile, check out my Plants of the Bodie Hills blog for more interesting information on botany and natural history in the Bodie Hills and beyond.


Flora of the Bodie Hills

In my mid-’20s I was a graduate student in Botany at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. I was extremely fortunate to be able to devote the summers of 1979, ’80, and ’81 to a rambling exploration of the Bodie Hills in northern Mono County, collecting plant specimens for my Master’s Thesis—a local flora of the Bodie Hills. For weeks on end I drove my IH Scout around the backroads of the Bodie Hills, hiking solo up many remote peaks and canyons, bulging plant press under one arm. I camped and keyed plants among lodgepole pines beside a meadow at 9,000 feet on Virginia Creek, just outside the Bodie Hills on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada.

The thesis and its botanical nomenclature are now a bit dated, but may still be of interest to others with a passion for Great Basin and Sierra Nevada plants. The introduction presents a pretty good summary of the area’s geology and history. Here, then, is a link to a scanned, digital version of my thesis.

Flora of the Bodie Hills (PDF, 11.9 MB)