Coastal Carolina University biology professors Jim Luken and Richard
Moore will sign copies of their new book about area nature and wildlife,
"101 Wild Things Along the Grand Strand," Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
at Coastal's University Hall Rotunda. The event is free, and the public is
invited to bring along any curious items from nature – shells, plants,
insects, animals (or photos of them) – for the authors to identify. The
identification will begin at 6 p.m.
University Hall Rotunda is located across Chanticleer Drive from
Wheelwright Auditorium. Complimentary refreshments will be available, as
will books for purchase.
Luken and Moore wrote the guide to help area residents, particularly newcomers, identify and appreciate the wild things and places of the South Carolina coast. Published by PCF Press, the book features 101 descriptions and photos of common animals and plants. There are also tips and suggestions
for finding and safely enjoying the special Grand Strand places where
animals and plants can be observed.
"The Grand Strand is a tourist mecca attracting millions of people every
year," said Luken. "For many visitors and new residents alike, the animals
and plants found around the Grand Strand are unfamiliar and strange. We
wrote this guide to help people understand and better appreciate the wild
places and things that are found in this part of the state."
Luken is professor and former chair of the department of biology at
Coastal. He received a Ph.D. in botany from Duke University and was
previously director of the environmental science program at Northern
Kentucky University. He has received the Distinguished University Scientist
Award from the Kentucky Academy of Science and was named Outstanding
Professor at Northern Kentucky University.
Moore, professor in the department of biology, is also assistant vice
president for grants and sponsored research at Coastal. He teaches courses
in aquaculture, biology of aging, comparative physiology, vertebrate
zoology, ichthyology, natural history of the Eastern Caribbean and current
topics in ecology. His research interests include community ecology and
subtropical estuarine and marine fishes. He earned a Ph.D. at the University
PCF Press is the imprint of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, a
nonprofit membership organization that conserves South Carolina's natural
resources, preserves historic landmarks and promotes outdoor recreation and
For more information, call 349-2202.