Richard Felger

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Associated Researcher, University of Arizona Herbarium, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Research Associate, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson.

PO Box 1628, Silver City, NM 88062, USA
rfelger@ag.arizona.edu

Richard Felger has been a biologist since childhood. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 1966. His dissertation analyzed the vegetation and flora of the islands and Gulf Coast of Sonora, Mexico. Subsequently he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then Senior Curator of Botany at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Returning to Tucson, he continued his research and conservation activities in aridlands, concentrating on the Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert Region. Working at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum from 1978 to 1982, he founded the research department. He has been active in regional and international conservation, including pioneer conservation of sea turtles of the eastern Pacific, primarily during the 1980s. In 1988 he founded the Drylands Institute in Tucson and was Executive Director until 2007. Until 2002 he was Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Arizona, and is presently Associated Researcher at the University of Arizona Herbarium and Research Associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

A leading botanical authority of the Sonoran Desert Region, Dr. Felger has close to a half century of experience in this region. His classic work with Mary Beck Moser, People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians (1985, 1990, University of Arizona Press) has preserved considerable indigenous knowledge of the Comcáac (Seri) homeland, and current projects mark the continuation of his contributions to the understanding of botanical diversity in this region.

Dr. Felger has conducted research in deserts worldwide and has been active in local and international conservation. He has written or co-authored more than 100 peer-review publications in addition to books and numerous popular writings in botany, ethnobiology, new food crops, and other fields. One of his strong interests is addressing world hunger through agricultural independence for arid and semiarid regions of the world, including the present-day belts of food shortages encircling the globe. His concepts include non-tillage, energy- and carbon-conserving crops to fit the crop to the environment rather than change the environment to fit the crop. Based on his search of the world for new aridland and halophyte crops, he is concentrating his collaborative new-crops work on select New World mesquites (Prosopis spp.) and nipa (Distichlis palmeri), a rice-sized grain that thrives with seawater as well as fresh water.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1980–2002. Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona. (Formerly Research Associate, Environmental Research Laboratory)
2007–present. Research Associate, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego.
1992–2000. Revisor permanente, Consejo Editorial del Ecológica, Centro de Ecológico de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico.
1990–2000. Asesor Científico de la Estación Regional Hermosillo del Centro de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hermosillo, Mexico.
1988–2007. Founder and Executive Director, Drylands Institute, Tucson.
1981–1985. Research Associate, Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona.
1984–1986. Investigador Invitado, Instituto de Ecología, Mexico City.
1978–1982. Ecologist, Senior Research Scientist, and Head of Research Department, Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum.
1977–1979. Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.
1974–1977 Research Associate, Arizona Sonora-Desert Museum.
1973. Research Consultant, Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Arizona.
1969–1975. Research Associate, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
1970–1971. Consultant to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
1969–1970. Visiting Scientist, Department of Geochronology, University of Arizona.
1968–1969. Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Southern California.
1967–1969. Senior Curator of Botany, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
1966–1967. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Colorado.
1966. Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson. Dissertation title: Ecology of the Islands and Gulf Coast of Sonora, Mexico. 460 pages.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS

  • Felger R.S. & B.T. Wilder in collaboration with H. Romero-Morales. 2012. Plant Life of a Desert Archipelago: Flora of the Sonoran Islands in the Gulf of California. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Felger, R.S. & B. Broyles, editors. 2007. Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. 800 pages.
  • Felger, R.S. (text), with Patricio Robles Gil and George Huey (photographers). 2007. The Secret Life of Cacti. Sierra Madre, Mexico City. (also published in Spanish). 120 pages.
  • Cartron, J.–L.E., G. Ceballos, & R.S. Felger, editors. 2005. Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York. 624 pages.
  • Felger, R.S., M.B. Johnson, & M.F. Wilson. 2001. Trees of Sonora, Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York. 391 pages.
  • Felger, R.S. 2000. Flora of the Gran Desierto and Río Colorado of Northwestern Mexico. University of Arizona Press. Tucson. 673 pages.
  • Paredes Aguilar, R, T.R. Van Devender, & R.S. Felger, in collaboration with G.P. Nabhan & A.L. Reina Guerrero. 2000. Las Cactáceas de Sonora: Su Diversidad, Uso y Conservatión. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press. Tucson. 143 pages.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1985, reprinted 1991. People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians. University of Arizona Press. Tucson. 480 pages.
  • Braniff, B. & R.S. Felger, eds. 1976. Sonora, Antropología del Desierto. Colección Cientifia Diversa 27. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Mexico City. 592 pages. (Reprinted 1994, Instituto Nacional de Antroplogía e Historia, Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico.)

JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND OTHER PEER-REVIEW WRITING

2011-2014

  • Velarde, E., Wilder, B., Felger, R.S., and E. Ezcurra. 2014. Floristic Diversity and Dynamics of Isla Rasa, Gulf of California - A Globally Important Seabird Island. (pdf) Botanical Sciences 92 (1): 89-101.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, and J. Malusa. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona Part 6. POACEAE – GRASS FAMILY. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2014-36: 1–139.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, and J. Malusa. 2013. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona: Part 5. Monocots except grasses. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-76: 1–59.
  • Malusa, J., K. Reichhardt, R.S. Felger. 2013. Giant sandbur (Cenchrus palmeri , Poaceae) new for Arizona and the United
    States. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-91: 1–5.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and T.R. Van Devender. 2013. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona: Part 4. Angiosperms: Magnoliids. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-38: 1–9.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and T.R. Van Devender. 2013. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona: Part 3: Ferns, lycopods, and gymnosperms. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-37: 1–46.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and T.R. Van Devender. 2013. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona: Part 2. The
    checklist. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-27: 1–30.
  • Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and T.R. Van Devender. 2013. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona: An introduction. (pdf) Phytoneuron 2013-5: 1–40.
  • Felger, R.S., D.F. Austin, T.R. Van Devender, J.J. Sanchez-Escalante. 2012. Convolvulaceae of Sonora, Mexico, I. Convolvulus, Cressa, Dichondra, Evolvulus, Ipomoea, Jacquemontia, Merremia, and Operculina. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6 (2): 457–525.
  • Costea, M., R.S. Felger, D.F., Austin, T.R.Van Devender, and J.J. Sanchez-Escalante. 2012. Convolvulaceae of Sonora, Mexico. II. Cuscuta. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6 (2): 527–548.
  • Gallo-Reynoso, J.P, R.S. Felger, & B.T. Wilder. 2012. Near colonization of a desert island by a tropical bird: military macaw (Ara militaris) at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, Gulf of California. (pdf) Southwest Naturalist 57(4):459–462.
  • Felger, R.S., T.R. Van Devender, B. Broyles, & J. Malusa. 2012. Flora of Tinajas Altas, Arizona—A Century of Botanical Forays and Forty Thousand Years of Neotoma Chronicles. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6(1): 157-257.
  • Felger, R.S. & T.R. Van Devender. 2012. Vascular plants of the Tinajas Altas Region, Arizona. Pages 213–232 in B. Broyles, G.H.Hartmann, T. E Sheridan, G. P. Nabhan, & M. C. Thurtle, Last Water on the Devil’s Highway: A Cultural and Natural History of Tinajas Altas. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Pearlstein, S.L., R.S.Felger, E.P. Glenn, J. Harringtonc, K.A. Al-Ghanemd, & S.G. Nelson. Nipa (Distichlis palmeri): A perennial grain crop for saltwater irrigation. (pdf) 2012. Journal of Arid Environments 82: 60–70.
  • Felger, S. Rutman, T.R. Van Devender, & S.M. Buckley. 2012. Annotated checklist of vascular plants of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and Tinajas Altas, Arizona. (pdf) Canotia 8:1–53.
  • Felger, B.T. Wilder, & J.P. Gallo-Reynoso. 2011. Floristic diversity and long-term vegetation dynamics of Isla San Pedro Nolasco, Gulf of California, Mexico. (pdf) Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 43:1–42.

2005-2010

  • Cain, J.W., III, B.D. Jansen, Felger, & P.R. Krausman. (2010, in press). Scallopleaf sage (Salvia vaseyi, Lamiaceae) discovered in Arizona. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
  • Felger R.S. 2010. An Agreeable Landscape: Historical Botany and Plant Biodiversity of a Sonoran Desert Bottomland Book Review. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 5(1): 218.
  • Felger R.S. & K. Kindscher. 2010. Trees of the Gila Forest Region, New Mexico. (pdf) Pages 38–66 in W. Norris, Felger, & K. Kindscher, editors, Proceedings of the Second Natural History of the Gila Symposium, October 16–18, 2008, Silver City, New Mexico. New Mexico Botanist, Special Issue 2 (pdf), October 1, 2010.
  • Wilder, B.T. & Felger. 2010. Dwarf giants, guano, and isolation: vegetation and floristic diversity of Isla San Pedro Mártir, Gulf of California, Mexico. (pdf) Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 42:1-24.
  • Martínez-Yrízar, A., R.S. Felger, & A. Búrquez. 2010. Los ecosistemas terrestres de Sonora: un diverso capital natural. Paginas 129–156 en F. Molina-Freanar & T.R. Van Devender, editors, Diversidad Biologíca del Estado de Sonora. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F.
  • Van Devender, T.R., R.S. Felger, F. Molina-Freaner, M. Fishbein, J.J. Sánchez-Escalante, & A.L. Reina-Guerrero. 2010. Biodiversidad de las plantas vasculares. (pdf) Paginas 229–262 en F. Molina-Freanar & T.R. Van Devender, editores, Diversidad Biologíca del Estado de Sonora. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F.
  • Van Devender, T.R., R.S. Felger, A. L. Reina-G., & J.J. Sánchez-Escalante. 2009. Nonnative and invasive plants in Sonora, Mexico. Pages 85–124 in T.R. Van Devender, F.J. Espinosa-García, B.L. Harper-Lore, & T. Hubbard (editors), Invasive Plants on the Move: Controlling them in North America. Proceedings of Weeds Across Borders 2006 Conference, Hermosillo, Sonora, May 25–28, 2006. Tucson.
  • Austin, D.F. & R.S. Felger. 2008. Sichuan Peppers and the Etymology of Fagara (Rutaceae). (pdf) Economic Botany 62(4):567–573.
  • Wilder B.T., R.S. Felger, & H. Romero-Morales. 2008. Succulent plant diversity of the Sonoran Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico. (pdf) Haseltonia 14:127–160.
  • Wilder, B.T., R.S. Felger, T.R. Van Devender, & H. Romero-Morales. 2008. Canotia holacantha on Isla Tiburón, Gulf of California, Mexico. (pdf) Canotia 4(1):1–5.
  • Van Devender, T.R., R.S. Felger, & M.A. Dimmitt. 2007. Sonoran Desert weed accounts. Pages 28–29 in B.L. Harper-Lore, M. Johnson, & M.W. Skinner, editors, Roadside Weed Management. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Van Devender, T.R., R.S. Felger, & M.A. Dimmitt. 2007. Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare). Page 30, in B.L. Harper-Lore, M. Johnson, & M.W. Skinner, editors, Roadside Weed Management. U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Wilder, B.T., R.S. Felger, H. Romero-Morales, & A. Quijada-Mascareñas. 2007. New plant discoveries for the Sonoran Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico. (pdf) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 1:1203–1227.
  • Felger, R.S., B. Broyles, M.F. Wilson, G. P. Nabhan, & D.S. Turner. 2007. Six grand reserves, one grand desert. Pages 3–26, in Felger & Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
  • Broyles, B, A.G. Rankin, & R.S. Felger. 2007. Native peoples of the Dry Borders Region. Pages 128–146, in Felger & Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press.
  • Felger. R.S. 2007. Living resources at the center of the Sonoran Desert: Native American plant and animal utilization. Pages 147–192, in Felger & Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press.
  • Felger, R.S., M. Wilson, K. Mauz, & S. Rutman. 2007. Botanical Diversity of southwestern Arizona and northwestern Sonora. Pages 202–271, in Felger & Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press.
  • Broyles, B., L. Evans, R.S. Felger, & G.P. Nabhan. 2007. Our grand desert: a gazetteer. Pages 509–607, in Felger & Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. University of Utah Press.
  • Stoleson, S.H., R.S. Felger, G. Ceballos, C. Raish, M.F. Wilson, & A. Búrquez. 2005. Recent history of natural resource use and population growth in northern Mexico. Pages 52–86, in Cartron, Ceballos, & Felger, editors, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Whitmore, R.C., R.C. Brusca, J.L. de la Luz, P. González-Zamorano, R. Mendoza-Salgado, E.S. Amador-Silva, G. Holguin, F. Galván-Magaña, P.A. Hastings, J.-L.E. Cartron, R.S. Felger, JA. Seminoff, & C.C. McIvor. 2005. The ecological importance of mangroves in Baja California Sur: conservation implications for an endangered ecosystem. Pages 298–333, in Cartron, Ceballos, & Felger, editors, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Felger, R.S., W.J. Nichols, & J.A. Seminoff. 2005. Sea Turtles in Northwestern Mexico: Conservation, Ethnobiology, and Desperation. Pages 405-424, in J.-L.E. Cartron, G. Ceballos, & R.S. Felger, editors, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Felger, R.S., T.L. Burgess, S. Dorsi, J.R. Reeder, & T.R. Van Devender. 2005. Dichanthium (Poaceae) new to Arizona: open door for a potentially invasive species. Sida, Contributions to Botany 21:1905–1908.
  • Austin, D.A., R.S. Felger, & T.R. Van Devender. 2005. Nomenclature of Ipomoea arborescens (Convolvulaceae) in Sonora, Mexico. Sida, Contributions to Botany 21:1283–1292.
  • Felger, R.S. & D.A. Austin. 2005. Ipomoea seaania, a new species of Convolvulaceae from Sonora, Mexico. Sida, Contributions to Botany 21:1293–1304.

2000-2004

  • Felger R.S. 2004. Seed plants. Pages 147–163, in R.C. Brusca, E. Kimrey, & W. Moore, editors, A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson.
  • Bowen, T., R.S. Felger, & R J. Hills. 2004. Chollas, circles, and Seris: did Seri Indians plant cactus at circle 6? Desert Plants 20(2):26–35.
  • Borchert, R.S., A. Meyer, R.S. Felger, & L. Porter-Bolland. 2004. Environmental control of flowering periodicity in Costa Rican and Mexican tropical dry forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 13:409–435.
  • Felger, R.S. 2003. Sea turtles in northwestern Mexico: conservation, ethnobiology, and desperation. Pages 82–83 in J.A. Seminoff, editor, Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. NOAA Technical Memorandum. National Marine Fisheries Service-SEFSC-503, 308 p.
  • Felger, R.S., D.S. Turner, & M. F. Wilson. 2003. Flora and vegetation of the Mohawk Dunes, Arizona. (pdf) Sida, Contributions to Botany 20:1155–1185.
  • Yetman, D. & R.S. Felger. 2002. Ethnoflora of the Guarijíos. Pages 174–230, in D. Yetman, Guarijíos of the Sierra Madre: the Hidden People of Northwestern Mexico. University of New Mexico Press. Albuquerque.
  • Wilson, M.F, L. Leigh, & R.S. Felger. 2002. Invasive exotic plants in the Sonoran Desert. Pages 81–90, in B. Tellman, editor, Invasive Exotic Species in the Sonoran Region. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Nabhan, G.P., P. West, R.S. Felger, et al. 2002. Naturalized exotic species in the Sonoran Region, flora. Pages 348–355, in B. Tellman, editor, Invasive Exotic Species in the Sonoran Region. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Felger, R.S. 2000. The Seris and the Guy Who Cuts the Tops Off Plants. “Seri Hands, a special issue,” (pdf) Journal of the Southwest 42: 521–543.

1995-1999

  • Felger, R.S. 1999. The flora of Cañón del Nacapule: a desert-bounded tropical canyon near Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 35:1–42.
  • Felger, R.S. & E. Joyal. 1999. The Palms (Arecaceae) of Sonora, Mexico. (pdf) Aliso 18: 1–18.
  • Búrquez, A., A. Martínez-Yrízar, R.S. Felger, & D. Yetman. 1999. Vegetation and habitat diversity at the southern edge of the Sonoran Desert. Pages 36–67, in R. H. Robichaux, editor, Ecology of Sonoran Desert Plants and Plant Communities. University of Arizona Press. Tucson.
  • Van Devender, T. R., R. S. Felger, and A. Búrquez M. 1998. Exotic plants in Sonora, Mexico. In: M. Kelley, E. Wagner, and P. Warner (eds.), Proceedings California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium - Volume 3, 1997:10–15.
  • Felger, R.S. 1998. Cupressaceae - Cypress Family. Pages 191–192, in P.S. Martin et al., Gentry's Río Mayo Plants. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.A. Dimmitt. 1998. Bromeliaceae. Pages 475–477, in P.S. Martin et al., Gentry's Río Mayo Plants. University of Arizona Press.
  • Felger, R.S. & M. A. Dimmitt. 1998. Orchidaceae, Pages 492–498 in P.S. Martin et al., Gentry's Río Mayo Plants. University of Arizona Press.
  • Felger, R. S. & E. Joyal. 1998. Arecaceae. Pages 474, in P.S. Martin et al., Gentry's Río Mayo Plants.
  • Van Devender, T. R., R. S. Felger, & R. Búrquez. 1997. Exotic plants in the Sonoran desert region, Arizona and Sonora. (pdf) Pages 10−15 in M. Kelly, E. Wagner, & P. Wagner (editors), Proceedings of the California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium vol. 3. Concord, CA.
  • Steinmann, V.W. & R.S. Felger. 1997. Croton yecorensis (Euphorbiaceae), A New Species from Northwestern Mexico. Novon 8: 207–209.
  • Steinmann, V.W. & R.S. Felger. 1997. The Euphorbiaceae of Sonora, Mexico. (pdf) Aliso 16: 1–71.
  • Felger, R.S., G.P. Nabhan, & R. Bye. 1997. The Apachian/Madrean Region of southwestern North America as a Center of Plant Diversity. Pages172–180, in S.D. Davis et al., editors, Centres of Plant Diversity: A Guide and Strategy for their Conservation. Vol. III. The Americas. World Wide Fund for Nature and International Union for Conservation and Nature, IUCN Publications Unit, Cambridge, U.K.
  • Felger, R.S. & B. Broyles, editors. 1997. Dry Borders: Binational Sonoran Desert Reserves. Special Issue. Journal of the Southwest 39:303–860.
  • Felger R.S., M. Wilson, B. Broyles, & G.P. Nabhan. 1997. The Binational Sonoran Desert Biosphere Network and its plant life. Dry borders. In R.S. Felger & B. Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Binational Sonoran Desert Reserves. Special Issue. Journal of the Southwest 39:411–560.
  • Broyles, B., R.S. Felger, G.P. Nabhan, & L. Evans. 1997. Our grand desert: A gazetteer for northwestern Sonora, southwestern Arizona, and northeastern Baja California. In R.S. Felger & B. Broyles, editors, Dry Borders: Binational Sonoran Desert Reserves. Special Issue. Journal of the Southwest 39:703–855.
  • Felger, R.S. & J. Henrickson. 1997. Convergent adaptive morphology of a Sonoran Desert cactus (Peniocereus striatus) and an African spurge (Euphorbia cryptospinosa). (pdf) Haseltonia 5:77–85.
  • Glenn, E.P., C. Lee, R. Felger, & S. Zengel. 1996. Effects of Water Management on the wetlands of the Colorado River delta, Mexico. Conservation Biology 10:1175–1186.
  • Felger, R. with S.L. Friedman et al. 1996. Noteworthy collections: Sinaloa and Sonora. Madroño 43:532–538.
  • Steinmann, V.W. & R.S. Felger. 1995. New combinations for Euphorbia and Ditaxis (Euphorbiaceae) in northwestern Mexico and southwestern United States. Madroño 42:455–457.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.F. Wilson, editors. 1995. Northern Sierra Madre Occidental and its Apachian outliers: a neglected center of biodiversity. Pages 36–59, in L. DeBano et al., editors, Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago: the Sky Islands of Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-264. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Johnson. 1995. Trees of the Northern Sierra Madre Occidental and Sky Islands of southwestern North America. Pages 71–83, in L. DeBano et al., editors, Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago: the Sky Islands of Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-264. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins.
  • Fishbein, M., R.S. Felger, & F. Garza. 1995. Another jewel in the crown: a report on the flora of the Sierra De Los Ajo, Sonora, Mexico. 1995. Pages 126–134, in L. DeBano et al., editors, Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago: the Sky Islands of Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-264. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins.
  • Felger, R.S. & A. Búrquez. 1995. New plant records for Sonora, Mexico. Madroño 42: 517–518.
  • Fishbein, M. & R.S. Felger. 1995. New plant records for Sonora, Mexico. Madroño 42: 409–410.

1990-1994

  • Zengel, S.A., V. Meretsky, E.P. Glenn, R.S. Felger, & D. Ortiz. 1994. Cienega de Santa Clara, a remnant wetland in the Rio Colorado delta (Mexico): vegetation distribution and the effects of water flow reduction. Ecological Engineering 4:19–36.
  • Felger, R.S, A. Harlan, V.W. Steinmann, & F.W. Telewski. 1993. Cryptantha ganderi I.M. Johnston (Boraginaceae); new for Arizona. Madroño 40(4):268.
  • Felger, R.S. 1993. Mirabilis tenuiloba S. Watson (Nyctaginaceae); new for Arizona. Madroño 40(3):178.
  • Glenn, E.P., R.S. Felger, A. Búrquez, & D.S. Turner. 1992. Cienega de Santa Clara: Endangered Wetland in the Colorado River Delta, Sonora, Mexico. Natural Resources Journal 32(4):817–824.
  • Felger, R.S. 1992. Recursos bióticos del Desierto de Sonora. Pages 91–97, in J.L. Moreno, editors, Ecología, Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente en Sonora. Secretaría de Infraestructura Urbana y Ecología & El Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo.
  • Felger, R.S., P.L. Warren, L.S. Anderson, & G.P. Nabhan. 1992. Vascular plants of a desert oasis: flora and ethnobotany of Quitobaquito, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona. (pdf) Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 8. 39 pages.
  • Pinkava, D.J., M.A. Baker, R.A. Johnson, N. Trushell, G.A. Ruffner, R.S. Felger & R.K. Van Devender. 1992. Additions, notes and chromosome numbers for the vascular flora of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 24 & 25:13–18.
  • Felger, R.S. 1991. Senecio pinacatensis (Asteraceae), a new species from the Pinacate Region of Sonora, Mexico. Phytologia 71(4):326–332.
  • Van Devender, T.R., T.L. Burgess, R.S. Felger, & R.M. Turner. 1990. Holocene Vegetation of the Hornaday Mountains of Northwestern Sonora, Mexico. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 2:1–19.
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. Non-native plants of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Cooperative National Park Resource Studies Unit, University of Arizona, Technical Report 31. Tucson. 93 pages.

1985-1989

  • Reeder, J. R. & R. S. Felger. 1989. The Aristida californica-glabrata complex (Gramineae). Madroño 36(3):187–197.
  • Ezcurra, E., R.S. Felger, A. Russell & M. Equihua. 1988. Freshwater islands in a desert sand sea: the hydrology, flora, and phytogeography of the Gran Desierto oases of northwestern Mexico. (pdf) Desert Plants 9(2):35–44, 55–63.
  • Felger, R.S. 1985. New arid land crops from Mexico: three examples for immediate development. Pages 13–24, in J.L. Ochoa & J. Moreno-Lopez, editors. Uso y Preservación de los Recursos Biológicas Marinos y de Zonas Aridas. Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas de Baja California Sur, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
  • Nabhan, G.P. & R.S. Felger. 1985. Wild Desert relatives of crops: their direct use as food. Pages 19–33, in G. Wickens, editor, Economic Uses of Arid Land Plants. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

1980-1984

  • Cliffton, K., D.O. Cornejo & R.S. Felger. 1982. Sea turtles of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Pages 199–209, in K. Bjorndal, editor, Biological Conservation of Sea Turtles. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Cornejo, D.O., L.S. Leigh, R.S. Felger & C.F. Hutchinson. 1982. Utilization of mesquite in the Sonoran Desert: past and future. Pages 1–20, in H.W. Parker, editor, Mesquite Utilization, proceedings of the symposium. Texas Tech University. Lubbock.
  • Felger, R.S. 1982. Review of: L. Benson & R.A. Darrow, 1981, Trees and Shrubs of the Southwestern Deserts, University of Arizona Press, Tucson. Quarterly Review of Biology 57(3):333–334.
  • Felger, R.S. & C. Mota-Urbana. 1982. Halophytes: new sources of nutrition. Pages 473–478, in A. San Pietro, editor, Biosaline Research: a Look to the Future. Plenum Press, New York.
  • Yensen, N.P., M.R. Fontes, E.P. Glenn & R.S. Felger. 1981. New Salt Tolerant Crops for the Sonoran Desert. Desert Plants 3(3):111–117.
  • Felger, R.S. 1981. Review of: I.L. Wiggins, 1980, Flora of Baja California, Stanford University Press, Stanford. Taxon 30(2):533–534.
  • Felger, R.S., L.S. Leigh, S.L. Buchmann, D.O. Cornejo, M.A. Dimmitt, D. Johnson-Gordon, C. Nagel, L. Ratener & C.A. Stigers. 1981. Inventorying the world's arid lands for new crops: a model from the Sonoran Desert. Pages 106–116, in H.G. Lund, editor, Proceedings of Arid Lands Resource Inventories Workshop. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report W028.
  • Felger, R.S., M.B. Moser, & E.W. Moser. 1980. Seagrasses in Seri Indian culture. Pages 260–276, in R.C. Phillips, & C.P. McRoy, editors, Handbook of Seagrass Biology, an Ecosystem Perspective. Garland STPM Press, New York.
  • Felger, R.S. 1980. Vegetation and flora of the Gran Desierto, Sonora, Mexico. (pdf) Desert Plants 2(2):87–114.

1975-1979

  • Felger, R.S. 1979. Ancient Crops for the 21st Century. Pages 5–20, in G. Ritchie, editor, New Agricultural Crops. AAAS Selected Symposium 38. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
  • Felger, R.S. & G.P. Nabhan. 1978. Agroecosystem diversity: A model from the Sonoran Desert. Pages 128–149, in N. L. Gonzalez, ed. Social and Technological Management in Dry Lands. AAAS Selected Symposium 10. Westview Press. Boulder, Colorado.
  • Nabhan, G.P. & R.S. Felger. 1978. Teparies in Southwestern North America. Economic Botany 32(1):2–19.
  • Felger, R.S. 1977. Mesquite in Indian Cultures of Southwestern North America. Pages 150–176, in B. B. Simpson, ed. Mesquite: its biology in two desert scrub ecosystems. Dowden, Hutchinson, and Ross. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Sheridan, T.E. & R.S. Felger. 1977. Indian Utilization of Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in Northwestern Mexico: the Spanish Colonial Record. The Kiva 43(2):89–92.
  • Nabhan, G.P. & R.S. Felger. 1977. Ancient Crops for Desert Gardens. Organic Gardening and Farming 24(2):34–42.
  • Felger, R.S. & G.P. Nabhan. 1976. Deceptive Barrenness. (pdf) Ceres 9(2):34–39. (FAO, Rome; also published in Spanish (pdf) and French).
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1976. Seri Indian food plants: desert subsistence without agriculture. (pdf) Ecology of Food and Nutrition 5(1):13–27.
  • Felger, R.S. 1976. Investigaciones ecologicas en Sonora y localidades adyacentes en Sinaloa–una perspectiva. pp. 2l–62. In B. Braniff & R. S. Felger, eds. Sonora, antropología del desierto.
  • Felger, R.S., K. Cliffton & P.J. Regal. 1976. Winter Dormancy in Sea Turtles: Independent Discovery and Exploitation in the Gulf of California by Two Local Cultures. Science 191:283–285.
  • Felger, R.S. & C.H. Lowe. 1976. The Island and Coastal Vegetation and Flora of the Gulf of California, Mexico. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Contributions in Science 285. 59 pp.
  • Felger, R.S. 1976. The Gulf of California: an ethnoecological perspective. Natural Resources Journal 16(3):451–464.
  • Felger, R.S. & C.P. McRoy. 1975. Seagrasses as potential food plants. Pages 62–74, in G.F. Somers, ed. Seedbearing halophytes as food plants. University of Delaware. Newark.
  • Felger, R.S. 1975. Nutritionally Significant New Crops for Arid Lands: A Model from the Sonoran Desert. Pages 373–403, in J. Mayer & J. W. Dwyer, eds. Priorities in Child Nutrition in Developing Countries. UNICEF. New York.

1970-1974

  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1974. Columnar cacti in Seri Indian culture. (pdf) The Kiva 39(3-4):257–275.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1974. Seri Indian pharmacopoeia. Economic Botany 28(4):414–436.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1973. Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in the Gulf of California: discovery of its nutritional value by the Seri Indians. (pdf) Science 181:355–356.
  • Henrickson, J. & R.S. Felger. 1973. Microanalysis and identification of a basket fragment from Sonora, Mexico. The Kiva 38(34):173–177.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1971. Seri use of mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana). The Kiva 37(34):53–60.
  • Felger, R.S. 1971. Magnolia in northwestern Mexico. Journal of the Arizona Academy of Sciences 6(4):251–253.
  • Felger, R.S. & C.H. Lowe. 1970. New Combinations for Plant Taxa in northwestern Mexico and southwestern United States. Journal of the Arizona Academy of Sciences 6(1):82–84.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1970. Seri use of Agave (century plant). The Kiva 35(4):159–167.

1967-1968

  • Moran, R. & R. S. Felger. 1968. Castela polyandra, a new species in a new section; union of Holacantha with Castela (Simaroubaceae). Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 15 (4):31–40.
  • Felger, R.S. & C.H. Lowe. 1967. Clinal variation in the surfacevolume relationships of the columnar cactus Lophocereus schottii in northwestern Mexico. Ecology 48(4):530–536.

SOME POPULAR PUBLICATIONS (not peer reviewed)

  • Felger, R. & N. Logan. 2010. MESQUITE – Food for the World. In B. Lancaster, "Eat Mesquite!" Desert Harvesters, Tucson.
  • Wilder, B.T., R.S. Felger, & H. Romero. 2007. Succulents and bighorn of Isla Tiburón, Gulf of California. The Plant Press, Arizona Native Plant Society 31(2):9–11.
  • Felger, R. 2007. Indigenous harvests: Sonoran Desert plants and animals recorded by Kino and Manje. Sonorensis. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
  • Sánchez Escalante, J.J., & R.S. Felger. 2006. Explorando la sierra El Aguaje, Municipio de Guaymas, Sonora. Organo de difusión de la Estación Regional del Noroeste, UNAM: Nuestro Tierra numero 5.2006, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Pages 10–15.
  • Felger, R.S. 2006. Sonoran Desert cornucopia: plants and animals in Native American Culture. Pages 30–31, in E. Ezcurra, editor, Global Deserts Outlook. United Nations Environmental Program, Nairobi.
  • Felger, R.S, W.J. Nichols, A. Aguierre, H. Aridjis, L. Bourillón-Moreno, R. Brusca, J. Compoy, A. Cantu, J.-L. Cartron, G.D. Daneman, H. D’Antoni, P.K. Dayton, S.A. Diehn, L. Gerber, J.L. León de la Luz, C. Mártinez del Rio, R.A. Medellín, E. Palacios Castro, E. Sala. 2004. Escalera Ecológica: a staircase of reserves through southwestern Arizona and the Gulf of California region (abstract). Page 71, in Proceedings, Gulf of California Conference 2004. Tucson.
  • Felger R.S. 2004. Seed plants. Pages 147–163 in R.C. Brusca, E. Kimrey, & W. Moore, editors, A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson.
  • Felger, R. 2002. Save the desert, prevent a weed. Pages 4–6, preface and introduction for: Invasive Plants of the Sonoran Desert, a field guide. Sonoran Institute, Environmental Exchange, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Tucson. [also published in Spanish].
  • Felger, R.S. 2002. Sinaloa shootout. Pages 2–14, in T. Bowen, editor. Backcountry Pilot: Flying Adventures with Ike Russell. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • Broyles, B., R. Felger, C. Bowden. 2001. The Sonoran Corridor. Pages 245–265, in P. Robles Gil, E. Ezcurra, E. Mellink, editors, The Gulf of California, a World Apart. Agrupación Sierra Madre. Mexico City.
  • Felger, R.S. 2001. Coastal wetlands. Pages 159–181, in P. Robles Gil, E. Ezcurra, E. Mellink, editors, The Gulf of California, a World Apart. Agrupación Sierra Madre. Mexico City.
  • Reina G., A. L., T.R. Van Devender, D. Yetman, & R.S. Felger. 2000. Usos etnobótanicos de las cactáceas en Sonora, México. Pages 191–202 in D. Vásquez del Castillo, M. Ortegas N., R.A. Corella B., & R.A. Castillo G., editors, II Simposium Internacional sobre la Utilización y Aprovechamiento de la Flora Silvestre de Zonas Aridas. Departmento de Investigaciones Científicas y Technologicas de la Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo.
  • Turner, D.S., R.S. Felger, K. Mauz, C. Funicelli, T.R. Van Devender, & J. Malusa. 2000. Biological Resources of the Proposed Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona. Sonoran Desert National Park Project. Tucson. 87 pages.
  • Felger, R.S. 1992. Synopsis of the vascular plants of Northwestern Sonora, Mexico. Ecologica 2(2):11–44.
  • Felger, R.S. 1992. Reflections on a Desert Legume Trinity. Aridus 4(4):1–5, & 7.
  • Glenn, E.P., R.S. Felger, & J.A. Búrquez. 1991. Oasis en el Delta del Río Colorado, Ciénega de Santa Clara: Vestigios de un Oasis de Humedal. Noticias del CEDO (Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Oceanos, Mexico) 4(1):14–15, 19–29, 31–32. (Reprinted 1992, in Arizona Riparian Council Newsletter).
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. Global Diversity of New Food Crops. First International Conference on Promising Crops for Arid and Semiarid Lands, Proceedings. Asunción, Paraguay.
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. New crop potential among columnar cacti. First International Conference on Promising Crops for Arid and Semiarid Lands, Proceedings. Asunción, Paraguay.
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. Mesquite, a world food crop. Aridus 2(1):1–3.
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. The Seri Indians and their herpetafauna. Sonoran Herpetologist 3(5):41–44.
  • Felger, R.S. 1990. Los Indios Seri, Caguamas y el Desierto. (Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos) Los Indios Seri, el Mar y el Desierto. Noticias del CEDO 3(1):21–24; 3(2):20–23.
  • Felger, R.S., F.A. Molina & M.B. Moser. 1989. Cactus songs (Seri & Yaqui). The Plants Press 13(1):8.\V
  • Felger, R.S. 1988. Pilostyles, Strange desert parasite. The Plant Press 12(2):6–7.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1987. Sea turtles in Seri Indian Culture. Environment Southwest (San Diego Museum of Natural History) no. 519:18–21.
  • Felger, R.S. & M.B. Moser. 1984. Use and knowledge of legumes (Mimosoideae) by the Seri Indians of Sonora, Mexico. Bulletin of the International Group for the Study of Mimosoideae 12:78–82.
  • Felger, R.S., M.B. Moser & E.W. Moser. 1983. The desert tortoise in Seri Indian culture. Pages 113–120, in Desert Tortoise Council, proceedings of 1981 symposium. Desert Tortoise Council, Long Beach, CA.
  • Felger, R.S. 1981. Future Harvests from seeds of the past. Sonorensis 3(3):6–7.
  • Felger, R.S., D.O. Cornejo, L.S. Leigh & C.A. Stigers. 1979. Semillas magicas del desierto: un modelo de agricultura apropiada del Desierto Sonorense. Pages 70–80, in IV Simposio Sobre El Medio Ambiente del Golfo de California, Memoria. Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales. Mexico City.
  • Felger, R.S. & R.C. Wilkinson. 1978. Feast of Life. Journal for the Protection of all Beings. Coevolutionary Quarterly 19:83–90.
  • Interview with R. Menninger. 1977. New Crops. The Co-Evolutionary Quarterly. Fall 1977:76–79.
  • Contributor with various authors. 1975. El Golfo de California, un recurso Mexicano de Importancia Internacional. Supervivencia 1(4):13–22.
  • Felger, R.S. 1975. The Journal of Arizona History 16(3):302–303. Review of: C. Niethammer. American Indian Food and Lore. Macmillan. New York. 1974.
  • Felger, R.S. 1972. Fog Desert. Pacific Discovery 25(3):14–18.
  • Bunnell, S. & R.S. Felger. 1972. The Sonoran Desert. Clear Creek 13:44–46.
  • Felger, R.S. 1972. Stockholm Superconference. Defenders of Wildlife 47(3):247–249.Felger, R.S. 1972. Fog Desert. Pacific Discovery
  • Felger, R.S. 1970. Review of: J. W. Krutch, the forgotten peninsula: a naturalist in Baja California, William Morrow and Co., New York. Defenders of Wildlife 456(4):428
  • Felger, R.S. 1971. Lions, cows, and bullets. Defenders of Wildlife 46(1):37–38.
  • Felger, R.S. 1971. Beyond the Bomb. Review of: P.R. Ehrlich & A.H. Ehrlich, Population, Resources, Environment, W.H. Freeman, San Francisco,1970. Ecology 51(1):192.
  • Felger, R.S. 1970. Arizona and California Cacti. Reviews of: L. Benson, 1970, The Cacti of Arizona. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1969 and L. Benson, 1969, The Native Cacti of California, Stanford University Press. Ecology 51(5):945–946.